This chapter describes my experiences of conducting research on commercial sex in Belfast, Northern Ireland which was conducted as part of a larger British Academy – Leverhulme Trust funded study that examined the policing and legal regulation of commercial sex in Belfast (Northern Ireland) along with three other cities: Manchester (England), Berlin (Germany) and Prague (Czech Republic). This study provided the first empirical analysis of commercial sex in the jurisdiction and was instrumental in shedding light on prevalence rates for those involved in the industry as well as providing demographic information on the age, nationality and sexual orientation of sex workers along with the sector worked in, whether on-street or off-street. In the chapter I consider my role as a researcher and highlight some of the difficulties that I experienced conducting what was seen as controversial research in the politically, socially and culturally conservative context of Northern Ireland.
|Title of host publication||Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research.|
|Editors||Sarah Armstrong, Jarrett Blaustein, Henry Alistair|
|Publication status||Published - 06 Dec 2016|
Ellison, G. (2016). Who needs evidence? Radical Feminism, the Christian Right and sex work research in Northern Ireland. In S. Armstrong, J. Blaustein, & H. Alistair (Eds.), Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research. Palgrave Macmillan.