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Mrs Deborah Jones

Associate Professor, Criminology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295768

Research Links

Office - 130
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Debbie is an Associate Professor in Criminology and 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 recently was Co-PI on a research project funded by the Society of Research into Higher Education. You can read more about the project online.

Throughout her 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. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Regulation of the sex industry
  • Higher Education and Desistance from Offending
  • Innovative and Participatory Methodologies
  • Criminology and Public Education
  • Teaching and Learning

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
  • Understanding Policing
  • Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Regulating the Sex Industry
  • Understanding Desistance from Offending
  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Public Education through the development of CPD training for practitioners
  • The Regulation of the Sex Industry
  • The Role of Higher Education in Facilitating Desistance from Offending
Award Highlights


2018, Swansea University – Winner, Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award

2017, Swansea University – Shortlisted, Excellence in Teaching Award

2016, Swansea University – Shortlisted, Excellence in Teaching Award

2016, Swansea University (SEA) – Winner, Outstanding contribution to curriculum development

2012, British Society of Criminology National Award for Teaching Excellence, departmental award

Other Awards & Professional Recognition

2018, Swansea University – Winner, Inspiring Woman Award

2017, Awarded a place on the Aurora leadership and management for women in HE scheme

2016, Swansea University – Fog of Sex shortlisted for Research and Innovation Impact awards in the Culture and Art Category (with Prof. Tracey Sagar)

2016, Swansea University – Shortlisted, Rising Star award, Research and Innovation Impact Awards

2016, Swansea University – Nominated, The Mary Williams Award for outstanding contribution to culture and community across the University

2016, Young People. Celtic Media Festival - Winner, Best Film for 2016. Fog of Sex. (Executive Producer with Prof. Tracey Sagar)

2015, BAFTA Cymru – Winner. Fog of Sex based on narratives of student sex workers (Executive Producer with Prof. Tracey Sagar)

2015, Swansea University – SURF Research as Art. Winner, Emotion in Engagement – TSSWP (with Prof. Tracey Sagar)

2015, Swansea University – Shortlisted, Impact on Policy and Law – Sex Work Research Wales. Research and Innovation Impact Awards (with Prof. Tracey Sagar)

2015, Swansea University – Winner, Inspiring Women Award  


1997 - 2004, Metropolitan Police - Three individual commendations for detective ability and professionalism in the cases of child sexual abuse; false imprisonment; and a serial rape investigation.

  • 2018 – Present – Modern Slavery Research Consortium – Lead for Sex Work - Welsh Government.
  • 2018 – Present – Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit – Academic Lead for Sex Work for Wales. 
  • 2015 - Present - Board member British Society of Criminology, Teaching and Learning network.
  • 2014 – March 2019 - Board member of Sex Work Research Hub, York University, Teaching Lead.
  • 2014 - Present - Board member of the Wales Strategic Sex Worker Safety Group.
  • 2017 - 2018 – Academic member of the Crown Prosecution Scrutiny Committee.
  • 2014 - 2017 – Member Cost Action Pros Pol.