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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Sociology Department Staff

Dr Alison Jobe

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

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I first 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.

A longstanding research interest centres around the ongoing international academic and policy debates on the trafficking of persons, asylum seeking and migration. I first explored the emergence of trafficking as a social problem in my doctoral research, completed at Newcastle University in 2008. My doctoral research considered how trafficking was constructed through the law, the media, within academic research and by activist groups. My doctoral research specifically explored the production and reception of stories/ narratives relating to trafficking into the sex industry. Stories/ narratives told by those identified as victims were analysed alongside responses to these narratives by the police, third sector organisations, the immigration services, and in particular in UK Home Office asylum determinations. 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. More recent research projects in this area include an Institute of Advance Study sponsored project: 

An Abolitionist Industrial Complex: Patterns of anti-trafficking / anti-slavery policy and practice in the 21st century (with Siobhan Mcgrath Geography, Durham University). Further details here:


Journal Article

Chapter in book

Newspaper/Magazine Article


Research Interests

  • Anti-trafficking/ anti-modern slavery
  • Gender and Asylum law
  • Sex Work
  • Sociology of identities
  • Sociology of narratives and stories
  • Sociology of social problems
  • UK Child protection, safeguarding policy and practice
  • Participatory Research Methods

Research Groups

Teaching Areas

  • Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry