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

  • 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.

  • ASC218 Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    The media is seen as both shaping and reflecting modern culture; it is also the primary public source of information about crime, criminals and criminal justice. This module focuses on some of the key debates surrounding the relationship between media portrayals of crime, and criminal behaviour and criminal justice policy. What impact does the media have on public perceptions and attitudes regarding crime and criminal justice? Or on criminal justice policy-making? Why is crime news reported in the way that it is? Does exposure to violence in the media increase the likelihood of its commission by the viewer? These questions and many others will be addressed as the module explores the portrayal of crime and criminal justice in both factual and fictional formats

  • ASC220 The Criminal State: International Issues

    This module explores crimes of the state from an international perspective and provides a theoretical understanding of global law and human rights. It offers a critical evaluation of contemporary conflicts and power struggles, in addition to reviewing historical cases of genocide, state-sponsored violence and organised crime. The module also takes into account Western intervention in volatile political situations and the implications on social development. There is a particular focus upon crimes of the state against women and marginalised groups. Finally, the role of global organisations is discussed in relation to combating corruption and human rights violations such as torture, human trafficking and modern day slavery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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