1. European Social Survey
  2. City Q-Step Centre
  3. Culture & the Creative Industries
  4. Food Policy
  5. Jeremy Tunstall Global Media Research Centre
  6. The Centre for City Criminology
  7. Work, Class & Gender

Jessica Simpson


PhD Topic

Negotiations of stigma and identity amongst university students working in different areas of the sex industry in the UK


2015- Present: MPhil/PhD Sociology, City, University of London
Awards: Three-year SASS Doctoral Scholarship

MA Sociological Research, University of Essex
Awards: Fuller Scholarship

BA (Hons) Sociology, Leeds Beckett University

The Study

My thesis will look to explore how university students (in the socio-cultural and economic context of the UK), negotiate working in different areas of the sex industry in terms of identity and stigma management. While the focus will remain primarily on female students, one of the key aims of this research is to identify the role intersections of class, ethnicity, age and sexuality play in this context.


Dr Rachel Cohen
Professor Eugene McLaughlin

Research Interests

  • Gender and class-based discrimination/inequality
  • Exclusion and identity
  • The sex industry and the informal economy
  • Feminist research practice and methodologies