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Dr Alison Jobe

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46830

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I joined the School of Applied Social Sciences in October 2011 as a Teaching Fellow and was appointed as a Lecturer in Applied Social Sciences in April 2012. Prior to this, I undertook research in the third sector for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). My research for the NSPCC focused on discourses around risk and the age of the child, and social care responses to young people. I have also worked as a research consultant for other third sector organisations including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva and the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture in the UK.

I completed my doctoral research at Newcastle University in 2008. Broadly speaking, my doctoral research interests concerned identities and identity formation. These theoretical interests were explored in my doctoral research through a study of sexual trafficking and the production of stories relating to sexual trafficking. My research considered how sexual trafficking was constructed through the law, the media, within academic research and in interest from activist groups.  The research then explored how these discursive processes interacted with the lives of those identified as sexual trafficking victims/survivors and their ability to seek and/or receive help and assistance in the UK context. This was achieved by studying survivor’s interactions with the police, immigration services and asylum system in the UK. In this respect, my research explored the social consequences related to the telling of stories, as well as the social and cultural processes within which stories are and/or may be told. 

My current research interests include the ongoing international academic and policy debates on the trafficking of persons, asylum seeking and migration, especially Children and Young People’s experiences of seeking asylum in the UK.

Research Interests

  • Identities and identity formation.
  • Gender and asylum law.
  • Children and young people seeking asylum.
  • Prostitution/ sex work.
  • Violence against women and children.
  • Child maltreatment and UK safeguarding/ child protection policy and practice.

Research Groups

Department of Sociology