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School of Applied Social Sciences

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Max Morris

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Field of Study

The incidental sex worker

My PhD research examines the experiences of young gay and bisexual men who use social networking sites and smartphone applications (such as Grindr) to sell sex online. I am interested in how new technologies have made the sale of sex more covert, less stigmatised, and the implications this has for social policy.


I am a PhD student in the School of Applied Social Sciences interested in youth sexualities and masculinities, and postgraduate assistant to the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (CSGS) at Durham University. My research has documented the increasingly positive experiences of sexual minority youth, changing attitudes toward sex and relationships, and the influence of social media on masculinities and sexualities. I have a BA (First) in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Liverpool, an MA (Distinction) in Social Research Methods from Durham University, and my PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


Journal Article


  • Morris, M. (2014), ‘Gay teen royalty’ Popularity and normative sexual attitudes among gay male undergraduates, Sociological Review Symposium: Understanding LGBT Lives in the Context of Decreasing Homophobia. Durham University, England, Durham University.
  • Morris, M. (2014), ‘Snapchat is for boys; Facebook is for everyone’ Exhibitionism, sexual conservatism and the complexity of gay students’ online identities, SexGen Seminar: Young People, Privacy, Sex and Technologies. University of Sunderland, England, University of Sunderland.
  • Morris, M. (2014), Gay-friendly youth cultures: Popularity, privilege and comparative optimism among sexual minority students, University Health Service Professional Development Series. Cornell University, United States, Cornell University.
  • Morris, M. (2014), Rise of the ‘Gaytriarchy’ The conventional sexualities and unconventional masculinities of elite gay male undergraduates, Dislocating Masculinity Revisited Symposium. University of Sussex, England, University of Sussex.
  • McCormack, M. & Morris, M. (2013), Contemporary experiences of coming out as a bisexual male in British schools, British Sociological Association Annual Conference. London, England, London.
  • Morris, M. (2013), Inclusive masculinities in the YouTube Generation, British Sociological Association Youth Study Group Event: Youth Sexualities. Durham University, England, Durham University.
  • Morris, M. (2013), School experiences from the perspective of LGBT youth, LGBT Youth Issues. University of the West of England, England, University of the West of England.
  • Morris. M. (2013), The changing experiences of bisexual male adolescents, Education and Learning: Sociological Perspectives. University of Surrey, England, University of Surrey.

Teaching Areas

  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality – Seminar Leader

  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality – Guest Lecturer

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