Mrs Deborah Jones
Senior Lecturer
Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 295768
Room: Office - 149
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Debbie is a senior lecturer in Criminology and currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for Criminology. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to beginning her academic career in 2008, Debbie was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police specialising in major crimes and child protection. Since 2008 Debbie has been researching regulation of the sex industry in partnership with Professor Tracey Sagar. Debbie brings unique vision to the study of sex work which has led to transformational understanding. Her cutting-edge methodologies formed the bedrock of several studies - ‘Sex Work Research Wales’ (SWRW), ‘Community Perceptions of Sex Work’ and ‘Sex Work and Substance Misuse’. As Co-PI on ‘The Student Sex Work Project’ (TSSWP), she designed the innovative methodology. Last year Debbie was awarded funding from Cherish De http://cherish-de.uk/ to explore the data set from TSSWP through data visualisation and mining techniques. Recently, in collaboration with Tracey Sagar and key external partners, she designed and delivered training to over 400 external delegates on understanding of sex work (funded by Welsh Government). She is also in the final stages of developing an online training package based on the findings of TSSWP.

Debbie is also academic advisory to Cardiff Sex Work Forum and one of the founding members of the All Wales Sex Work Group.  Debbie is also a member of the Sex Work Research Hub at York University. Alongside of Tracey Sagar,  Debbie is Co-Director of the Consortium for Sexuality Studies: Research Innovation and Practice at Swansea University.

Publications

  1. 'Not in our name': Findings from Wales supporting the decriminalisation of sex work.. In Policing the Sex Industry. Protection, Paternalism and Politics. (pp. 89-106). Routledge.
  2. & (2014). Complex Realities: Researching the personal and professional sexual experiences of student sex workers in the UK online.. Presented at Ghent University, International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics Conference.,
  3. & Student involvement in the UK sex industry: motivations and experiences. The British Journal of Sociology
  4. & (2014). Sex Work Wales .
  5. & (2015). The Student Sex Work Project: Research Summary.

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Teaching

  • ASC216 Understanding Policing

    This module focuses on policing in the United Kingdom. The module considers the origins, development and functions of policing and examines issues such as police use of force, the role of the police in miscarriages of justice, police responses to terrorism, the pluralisation of policing, the policing of vulnerable and diverse groups, the relationship between the media and the police and the implications of `police culture¿ on service delivery. The module also questions the accountability and legitimacy of the police and examines the models used in the delivery of modern day policing. The module enables students to understand policing from a critical perspective.

  • ASC221 Understanding Policing

    This module offers a critical study of policing within liberal democratic societies from historical, legal, political and social perspectives. Focusing primarily on policing in the United Kingdom, the module considers the origins, development and functions of policing and examines issues such as police use of force, the role of the police in miscarriages of justice, police responses to terrorism, the pluralisation of policing, the policing of vulnerable and diverse groups, the relationship between the media and the police and the implications of 'police culture' on service delivery. The module also questions the accountability and legitimacy of the police and examines the models used in the delivery of modern day policing.

  • ASC316 Criminalisation of Sex

    The course offers students the opportunity to examine and explore the multiple issues that shape our understanding of sex and the laws and policies that govern sex work. Theoretical debates are entered into and sex work is considered on a European and global basis.

  • ASC319 Serious Crime and Social Harm

    Globalisation is a defining characteristic of the 21st century - almost every aspect of human existence is touched by globalization. The growth of mass communication, international networks and migration has collapsed time and space with the result that there has been movement towards a single culture. Contemporary criminology therefore sits within a rapidly changing world. This module steps away from conventional models of criminological enquiry; it considers serious crime through a social harm perspective. It examines manifestations of crime in the following areas: ¿ Gun crime and gun culture (with particular focus on the USA and UK) ¿ Multi-cultural society, domestic abuse and so called honour based violence against women ¿ Human Trafficking/Slavery for the purposes of commercial exploitation (human organs, forced labour, sexual exploitation ¿ Green Criminology, including environmental crime and key challenges such as global warming

  • ASCM25 Understanding Policing

    This module offers a critical study of policing within liberal democratic societies from historical, legal, political and social perspectives. Focusing primarily on policing in the United Kingdom, the module considers the origins, development and functions of policing and examines issues such as police use of force, the role of the police in miscarriages of justice, police responses to terrorism, the pluralisation of policing, the policing of vulnerable and diverse groups, the relationship between the media and the police and the implications of `police culture¿ on service delivery. The module also questions the accountability and legitimacy of the police and examines the models used in the delivery of modern day policing.

  • ASCM27 Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

    This module discusses what Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery is and examines Human Trafficking and Anti-Slavery legislation and policy at both a global and local level. It considers how the United Kingdom and, in particular Wales, is responding to this global concern. The module considers the application of criminological theories that seek to explain Human Trafficking and looks at practical examples of projects that are working to protect victims.

Supervision

  • Student Sex Work in the Netherlands A Comparative Analysis with the UK. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Deborah Jones
    Other supervisor: Prof Martin Stringer
  • Understanding the reporting behaviour of men who experience violence, or other harmful behaviour, in the context of them transacting sex. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mrs Deborah Jones
    Other supervisor: Dr Alyson Einion

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
April 2008 August 2010 Lecturer Glamorgan University
2009 1010 Lecturer University of Wales Institute Cardiff Metropolitan Police
1987 2004 Detective Constable Metropolitan Police
2008 Present Senior Lecturer in Criminology College of Law and Criminology, Swansea University

External Responsibilities

  • Academic advisor, Cardiff Sex Worker Forum

    2008 - Present

  • Member, UKNSWP

    2008 - Present

  • Academic Advisor, Human Trafficking Groups across Wales

    2009 - Present

  • Member:British Society of Criminology, Learning and Teaching , BSC

    2015 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • The Student Sex Work Project 2012 - 2015

    Funded by Big Lottery Innovation Fund, with Dr Tracey Sagar, £489,000

  • Locating Female Black And Minority Ethic Off Street Sex Workers In Cardiff 2010 - 2010

    Funded by Welsh Assembly Government , with Dr Tracey Sagar, £10,000

  • Off Street Sex Work in Cardiff: Identifying Service Provision Needs 2010 - 2010

    Funded by MAC Aids , with Dr Tracey Sagar, £11,000

  • Community Perceptions of Street Sex Work in Cardiff 2010 - 2010

    Funded Safer Capital , with Dr Tracey Sagar, £10,000

  • Sex Work Research Wales 2010 - 2014

    Funded by Big Lottery. Collaborative project with Gibran UK , with Dr Tracey Sagar, £110,000

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director for Undergraduate Studies in Criminology - Criminology

    2016 - Present