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Dr Alison Jobe

Associate Professor, Director of Postgraduate Research

Associate Professor, Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Sociology+44 (0) 191 33 46830
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing 


I first joined the Department of Sociology in 2011. Currently, I teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology degrees, and I am Director of Postgraduate Research for the Sociology department.

A longstanding research interest centres around institutional responses to victims of violence and victims' experiences of accessing justice and support services. This research theme has been explored through research on trafficking, asylum, sex work, sexual violence, and child protection/ safeguarding. 

My most recent research focuses on criminal justice responses to learning disabled/ autistic victim-survivors of sexual violence and was undertaken in collaboration with third sector organisations and victim-survivors of sexual violence. This work used a participatory and creative approach with the key aim of developing inclusive criminal justice responses. This research was funded by ESRC IAA, Research England and ESRC. See the project webpages here: Towards Inclusive Responses to Sexual Violence - Towards inclusive criminal justice responses to sexual violence (

Past research projects

Sex Workers in Custody, with Kate O’Brien (Durham), Gaynor Trueman and Jessica Hyer Griffin. Supported by Research Impact Funding.

Criminal Justice System responses to people with learning disabilities in cases of sexual assault/ rape in North East England, with Helen Williams (Sunderland); Northumbria police and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN). Funded by N8 Policing Research Partnership (People and Knowledge Exchange).

An evaluation of RSACC SELFIE (Sexualisation, Exploitation, Love, Friendship, Information and Empowerment) Young People’s Sex and Relationships Project, with Hannah King (Durham). Funded by Big Lottery Fund.

An Abolitionist Industrial Complex: Patterns of anti-trafficking / anti-slavery policy and practice in the 21st century with Siobhan Mcgrath Geography, Durham University. Funded by Institute of Advanced Studies.

Peer Talk. Participatory research with women who sell or swap sex in North East England. with Maggie O’Neill (Cork), Colleen Bilton, Kelly Stockdale (Northumbria), Kath, Hannah and community co-researchers. Funded by Northern Rock Foundation.

Safeguarding Young People. Responding to Young People- age 11-17- who are maltreated. with Sarah Gorin, Gwyther Rees, Mike Stein (NSPCC, Children’s Society and University of York). Funded by Big Lottery Fund.


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