Professor Tracey Sagar
Telephone: (01792) 295313
Room: Office - 148
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus


  1. Sagar, T., Jones, D., Harris, E. Community Perceptions of Street Sex Work in Cardiff
  2. Sagar, T., Jones, D., Symons, K., Tyrie, J., Roberts, R., Jones, D. Student involvement in the UK sex industry: motivations and experiences The British Journal of Sociology 67 4 697 718
  3. Sagar, T., Jones, D., Symonds, K., Bowring, J. The Student Sex Work Project: Research Summary
  4. Sagar, T., Jones, D., Symons, K., Bowring, J., Roberts, R. Student participation in the sex industry: Higher education responses and staff experiences and perceptions Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 37 4 400 412
  5. Sagar, T., Jones, D., Jones, D. Off-street sex workers and victim-orientated policymaking at the local level: Denial of agency and consequences of victimhood Crime Prevention and Community Safety 16 4 230 252

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  • 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

  • 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


  • 'Experiencing sexual victimisation in Childhood: Meaning and impact- The perspectives of convicted, adult male child sexual abusers.' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
    Other supervisor: Prof Tracey Sagar

Innovation and Engagement activities

  • Sex Work Research in Wales

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University continues to produce new knowledge on sex work in Wales.  Myself and Debbie Jones have worked with a variety of statutory bodies and front line agencies in a multi-agency capacity over several years to provide an evidence base towards the development of policy and practice for sex workers who work both on and off street. Particularly this important work has involved collaborations with: Police forces across Wales; The Cardiff Sex Work/Prostitution Forum; Gibran UK; Cyrenians Cymru; Women in Need; Terrence Higgins Trust; PASOP ; The UK network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP) and All Wales network of Sex Work Projects; Gwent Anti-Trafficking Group; The Wales Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Group; Student Sex Work Policy Group.

  • External Engagement

Collaborative work has not only produced a solid knowledge base regarding the sex markets in Wales but it has also led to the sharing of innovative ideas and practice.  The Centre of Criminology and Criminal Justice has hosted several events in recent years to promote understanding. In 2013 the University hosted: the Student Sex Work Conference; Sex Work Symposium; Student Sex Work Policy Group Meeting. In 2014 myself and Debbie collaborated with Gibran UK to present the findings of the four year project 'Sex Work Research Wales' and will host the European Symposium on sex work in November 2014. All of these events reach out to share information, knowledge and ideas with cross sector organisations and stakeholder agencies as well as sex workers.  

  • Leading innovative practice 

In 2013 Myself and Debbie were awarded approximately £489,000 by the Big Lottery Innovation Grant for the 'Student Sex Work Project' which pursues the development of innovative research, service development and creative dissemination. Once again this is cross sector partnership work with the University of South Wales, Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru, the National Health Service and the National Union of Students Cymru.