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

Debbie is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the current Director of Undergraduate Studies. She is also a Senior 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, and is an Associate of the College of Policing. Alongside Professor Tracey Sagar, Debbie is Co-Director of the Consortium for Sexuality Studies and since 2008 Debbie has been researching regulation of the sex industry in partnership with Tracey. Their projects have included ‘Sex Work Research Wales’; ‘Community Perceptions of Sex Work’; ‘Sex Work and Substance Misuse’ and ‘The Student Sex Work Project’.

Debbie sits on several external advisory boards including Cardiff Sex Work Forum and was a founding member of the All Wales Sex Work Safety Group. More recently, Debbie has turned her attention to the role of Higher Education in facilitating desistance from offending. She is currently an external evaluator for a Lottery funded project – The Include Hub – and is Co-PI on a research project funded by the Society of Research into Higher Education. In conducting research, Debbie has focused on developing methodologies that are both inclusive and creative and has endeavoured to make academic research accessible to the community through a series of public education activities. 

Publications

  1. & Sex Work, Drug and Alcohol Use: Bringing the Voices of Sex Workers into Policy and Service Development Frameworks in Wales..
  2. & Sex Work and Substance Misuse: A Review of the Literature and Proposed Recommendations for Wales .
  3. & University students’ behaviours towards accessing sexual health information and treatment. International Journal of STD & AIDS 30(7), 671-679.
  4. & The Local Governance of Street Sex Work in the United Kingdom. International Criminal Justice Review 23(2), 132-148.
  5. & Priorities for the minority? Street-based sex work and Partnerships and Communities Together (PACT). Criminology & Criminal Justice 13(4), 431-445.

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Teaching

  • ASC106 Victims and Victimology

    This module seeks to introduce students to the topic of victimology. Drawing upon research, theory, policy and practice, students will be offered a critical appreciation of the needs of victims, their role in the criminal justice system and the multiple effects of victimisation. This critical appreciation will consider historical changes in perspectives and attitudes to victims over time as well as the emerging victimological discourses. The module compliments and supports the learning delivered in ASC113 ¿ Study Skills and explores a range of concepts, theories and perspectives within the field of victimology.

  • ASC108 Employability and Personal Development

    This module introduces students to the skills, qualities and attributes needed in applying for jobs, including how to recognise and make the most of their experiences, reflecting on their learning, knowledge and how to market themselves effectively in all aspects of the application process. It also provides specific information about a number of organisations both inside and external to the criminal justice system which might offer suitable careers. The content will be delivered by Swansea Employability Academy, Criminology staff and representatives from external organisations. The assessment for the module is also linked to the Swansea Employability Academy Bronze award.

  • ASC110 Law, Criminal Justice and Human Rights

    This module will introduce students to basic legal concepts such as the Rule of Law and due process and provide an understanding of the powers of the state, the UK legal framework and the law making process in England and Wales. In particular, the module will consider the UK constitution, the supremacy of Parliament, the impact of the European legal framework on the UK, the components and operation of the criminal justice, and civil liberties and human rights. The module also aims to help students understand the components, functions and key actors in the criminal justice system in England and Wales and will explore the relationship between the state and the citizen and the nature of human rights and civil liberties.

  • ASC212 Criminological Theory: Content and Application

    This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases. The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.

  • ASC221 An Introduction to 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 England and Wales, 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 domestic abuse, 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.

  • ASC324 Dissertation

    This module will equip students with the skills needed to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words. A series of 6 compulsory meetings with dissertation supervisors followed by optional meetings, enables students to complete this task

  • ASCM17 Understanding Criminological Theory

    This module aims to introduce students to the main explanatory approaches used in criminology, with an appraisal of the aspirations, scope and limitations of each. The focus is on how criminologists have used different paradigms of explanation, what insights these have generated, how they have informed research, debate and policies concerning crime, and the extent to which they have received empirical support.

  • ASCM25 A Critical Understanding of Policing: 21st Century Challenges.

    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 (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- Waller

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

  • Society for Research into Higher Education 2019

    , £10,000.00

  • External Evaluation – The Hub 2018

    Awarded by Include to evaluate a £500,000.00 Lottery funded project on desistance from offending in adults, £6,000

  • Welsh Government 2017

    Funding to deliver a training package based on research into sex work carried out across Wales, £3,300

  • Public Health Wales 2017

    Funding to explore the data set from TSSWP towards understanding students sexual behaviours and risk taking, £6,000

  • Welsh Government 2016

    To host an interdisciplinary public engagement event – regulating sex work in Wales, £3,000

  • External Evaluation – Staying Home Project 2016

    Awarded by Gibran UK to evaluate a Lottery funded project on desistance from offending in adults, £8,000

  • CHERISHE DE Strategic Secondment Funding 2016

    Awarded for development of a networking event with National Ugly Mugs to explore research opportunities in relation to digital inclusion of sex workers towards improved safety and well-being. , £2,000

  • CHERISHE DE Escalator Funding 2016

    Awarded for an exploratory, interdisciplinary study seeking to understand and compare the sexual health and wider wellbeing of student sex workers and students through data mining and visualization of the student sex survey gathered in the course of TSSWP, £5,000

  • 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