Dr Alison Jobe
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.
- 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.
Department of Sociology
- 1: O'Neill, M., Jobe, A., Bilton, C., Stockdale, K., Kath, Hannah & Community co-researchers (2017). Peer Talk: Hidden Stories. A Participatory Research Project with Women Who Sell or Swap Sex in Teesside. School of Applied Social Sciences. Stockton-on-Tees, A Way Out.
- Jobe, A. (2010). Accessing help and services: trafficking survivors' experiences in the United Kingdom. In Human trafficking in Europe: character, causes and consequences. G. Wylie & P. McRedmond Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian. 164-180.
- Jobe, A. (2009). Accessing Help and Services: Trafficking Survivor’s Experiences in the United Kingdom. In (Re)Interpretations: the shapes of justice in women's experience. L. Dresdner & L. Peterson Cambridge Scholars Press.
- Jobe, A (2008). Sexual Trafficking: A New Sexual Story?. In Gender and interpersonal violence: language, action and representation. K. Throsby & F. Alexander Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 66-82.
- Brooks-Gordon, Belinda, Wijers, Marjan & Jobe, Alison (2020). Justice and Civil Liberties on Sex Work in Contemporary International Human Rights Law. Social Sciences. Special Issue: Sex Work, Gender Justice, and the Law 9(1): 4.
- Jobe, A. & Gorin, S. (2013). 'If kids don't feel safe they don't do anything': young people's views on seeking and receiving help from Children's Social Care Services in England. Child & Family Social Work 18(4): 429-438.
- Gorin, S & Jobe, A (2013). Young People Who Have Been Maltreated: Different Needs--Different Responses?. The British Journal of Social Work 43(7): 1330-1346
- Jobe, A. (2008). The causes and consequences of re-trafficking. Global Eye on Human Trafficking 2(1): 1-4.
- Jobe, A (2018). Reflections on a Doctoral study of Human Trafficking. A methodological journey from life story interviews to analysing asylum applications. SAGE.
- O'Neill, Maggie & Jobe, Alison (2016). Policy Briefing: Adult Sex Work, Law and Policy: new horizons in the 21st Century. Discover Society.
- Rees, G, Gorin, S, Jobe, A, Stein, M Medford, R & Goswami, H (2010). Safeguarding young people: responding to young people aged 11 to 17 who are maltreated. The Children's Society.
- Rees, G, Gorin, S, Jobe, A, Stein, M, Medford, R & Goswami, H (2010). Safeguarding young people: responding to young people aged 11 to 17 who are maltreated. Executive Summary. The Children's Society.
- Jobe, A. (2010). The Causes and Consequences of Re-trafficking: Evidence from the IOM Human Trafficking Database. International Organization for Migration (IOM).
- Jobe, A. (2009). External Evaluation of the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, North East/ Department of Health Project: “Building Relationships and Promoting Human Rights: Developing a model of good practice for clinicians who are working with survivors of torture or organised violence in the Newcastle Primary Care Mental Health Service”. Commissioned by the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture.