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School of Applied Social Sciences

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Dr Alison Jobe

Assistant Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences
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.


Journal Article

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  • Jobe, A (2015), Inside and Outside the Popular Story: Exploring how the credibility of accounts of sexual trafficking are assessed within the British Asylum system, Women, Narrative and Crime: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Teesside University, Teesside University.
  • Jobe, A (2014), Documenting the Tensions between the British state’s policies towards safeguarding and child protection, and current policy and practice in relation to undocumented migrant children, Social Work Action Network Conference: Social Work in a ‘cold climate’ fighting for good practice in times of austerity. Durham University, Durham University.
  • Jobe (2014), Sexual Trafficking Stories and the British Asylum System, British Criminological Conference. Liverpool University, Liverpool University.
  • Jobe, A (2014), Sexual Trafficking Stories and the British Asylum System, National Deviancy Conference 2014. Teesside University, Teesside University.
  • Jobe, A (2014), Stories Within Legal Documents: Analysing the British Asylum Process, Creative Applications of Biographical Research [organised by ESA Research Network 3 - Biographical Perspectives of European Societies. Durham University, Durham University.
  • Jobe, A & Gorin, S (2011), “If kids don’t feel safe they don’t do anything”. Young people’s views on help seeking and receiving services when they have been maltreated, 12th IPSCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Challenging Social Responsibilities for Child Abuse and Neglect. Tampere, Finland., Tampere.
  • Jobe, A (2011), Safeguarding Young People in the UK, European Sociological Association 10th Conference. Social Relations in Turbulent Times. Geneva, Switzerland., Geneva.
  • Jobe, A & Gorin, S (2011), Safeguarding Young People: Responding to young people who are maltreated, British Sociological Association Annual Conference. London School of Economics, UK, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Jobe, A. (2011), Trafficking and Asylum: Evidence of a new Sexual Story?, British Sociological Association Annual Conference. London School of Economics, UK, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Jobe, A. (2011), Understandings of Risk and Young People in Social Care, Centre for Children, Young People and Families: Equalities and Social Justice Seminar Series. University of Sunderland, UK, University of Sunderland.
  • Jobe, A (2010), Sexual Trafficking Stories: Stories, Realities, and Myths, Representations of Prostitution, Sex Work and Sex trafficking between the 19th and 21st Centuries. University of Exeter, UK, University of Exeter.

Research Groups

Teaching Areas

  • Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry
  • Understanding Crime