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The Observatory aims to bring together Swansea University staff working on various issues that intersect with drug policy.

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Rick Lines

Rick Lines is known for his leading work in areas including international drug control law, prisoners’ rights, harm reduction and the death penalty for drug offences. His recent work focuses on the relationship between international drug control law and international human rights law, and on frameworks for treaty interpretation between these two legal regimes. Rick worked as Executive Director of Harm Reduction International in London and was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Criminology, University of South Wales as well as Chair of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, where he was Visiting Fellow. Rick holds Masters Degrees in both Sociology and International Human Rights Law, and a PhD in Law. He is author of Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law on Cambridge University Press. Rick is currently Associate Professor of Criminology and Human Rights in Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea Univerity. See

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Mrs Deborah Jones

Prior to joining the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology in September 2008 Debbie had been a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police for sixteen years where she specialised in the investigation of major crimes such as sexual offences, murder and child abuse. 

Debbie is currently project manager on The Student Sex Work Project and a researcher on the Sex Work Research Wales Project. In the recent past, Debbie has worked closely with Dr Tracey Sagar on a number of other projects related to prostitution in Wales. She is also undertaking a PhD into multi - agency responses to street sex work in Wales. Debbie is also interested in teaching and learning in Higher Education and contributes to the teaching and learning on the Criminology degree schemes. 


Professor Tracey Sagar

Professor Tracey Sagar is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology, Swansea University. Over the last fifteen years her work has focused on the regulation of sex work in the United Kingdom (UK). In more recent years she has worked with Debbie Jones at Swansea University and external partners to provide an evidential base to further policy development and practice at the local and national level in Wales. Thus far collaborative research has provided important data on street based sex work and violence in the city of Cardiff, it has located the service provision needs of off street sex workers in Cardiff, and it has critically examined the perceptions of Cardiff and Swansea residents on sex work and policy development. At the national level, as Principal Investigator on the 'Sex Work Research Wales' project (with Debbie Jones and Gibran UK) Tracey has mapped sex work across Wales, considered sex work in Wales as a policing priority and as a contested community issue, and carried out an examination of local responses to the sex markets across the 22 local authority areas of Wales. Most recently, Tracey and Debbie have collaborated with the National Union of Students in Wales, the National Health Service, Terrence Higgins Trust and the University of South Wales to carry out research and implement innovative services for student sex workers in the UK. Tracey is Principal Investigator on the 'Student Sex Work Project'wMailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be , Academic Advisor to the Cardiff Sex Work Forum, member of the Wales Strategic Sex Work Group, and Co-Director of the Innovative Sexuality Studies Consortium which is situated in the Research Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University.