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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Max Morris

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Field of Study

The incidental sex worker

My PhD research examines the experiences of sexual minority men aged 18-26 who have accepted offers of money for sex on social networking sites and smartphone apps. I am interested in how internet technologies have made the sale of sex more covert, less stigmatised, and the implications this has for social policy, research and theory.


I am a Sociology and Social Policy PhD candidate in the School of Applied Social Sciences, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. My research documents the increasingly positive experiences of sexual minority youth, the legacy of homophobia and HIV/AIDS, and the influence of social media technologies on masculinities and sexualities. I have a Bachelors degree (First) in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Liverpool, and a Masters degree (Distinction) in Social Research Methods from Durham University.


Journal Article

Teaching Areas

  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality – Seminar Leader

  • Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry - Guest Lecturer
  • Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme - Teaching Assistant
  • Sociology of Gender and Sexuality – Guest Lecturer

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