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Dr Isabel Crowhurst

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Isabel Crowhurst
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    +44 (0) 1206 873059

  • Location

    6.360, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Mondays 12-2pm and Tuesdays 12-1pm in 6.358 or by appointment

Profile

Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology in September 2014. Previously, I held academic positions at Kingston University, Birkbeck, and the University of Westminster. At Birkbeck I also completed an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and, prior to that, I gained a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics. My research is concerned with the shifting and contested knowledge produced around non-normative sexual practices and intimate lives, how these shape and are shaped by socio-economic dynamics, and how they are negotiated and made sense of in everyday lived experiences. I have explored these aspects in two strands of research, the first on the regulation and governance of commercial sex, and the second on the changing nature of intimate citizenship regimes in Europe. More recently, I have been investigating the intersection of sexual and economic citizenship through the exploration of the fiscal treatment of commercial sex and of the multiple ways in which processes of financialization impact upon the financial exclusion and inclusion of marginalised populations such as sex workers. I am founding editor, with May-Len Skilbrei and Rebecca Pates, of the Routledge book series ‘Interdisciplinary studies in sex for sale’ and I was Chair of COST Action IS1209 ‘Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol)’, a four-year (2013-17) European network aimed at comparing and disseminating knowledge about the multiple contexts, features and effects of prostitution policies at the European, national and local levels.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Gender and sexuality

Sex work and sex industry studies

The intersection of sexual and economic citizenship

Fiscal sociology and critical taxation studies

Comparative methods and psycho-social methodologies

Conferences and presentations

Sex work and fiscal citizenship: navigating cryptocurrencies and financial moralities

Technology and Citizenship: 16th Annual Conference on Citizenship, Detroit, United States, 22/3/2019

Doing research on sex work in Europe: exploring the politics of knowledge production

Invited presentation, with Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Paul Ryan. ESA Sexuality Research Network Conference Sociological Explorations of Sexuality in Europe. Bodies, practices and resistance in troubled times., Krakow, Poland, 15/2/2019

Publications

Journal articles (16)

Crowhurst, I., (2019). The Ambiguous Taxation of Prostitution: the Role of Fiscal Arrangements in Hindering the Sexual and Economic Citizenship of Sex Workers. Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Crowhurst, I. and Skilbrei, ML., (2018). International comparative explorations of prostitution policies: lessons from two European projects. Innovation / Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 31 (2), 142-161

Crowhurst, I. and Eldridge, A., (2018). “A Cathartic Moment in a Man’s Life”: Homosociality and Gendered Fun on the Puttan Tour. Men and Masculinities, 1097184X1876657-1097184X1876657

Stoilova, M., Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T. and Santos, AC., (2014). Living Apart Relationships in Contemporary Europe: Accounts of Togetherness and Apartness. Sociology. 48 (6), 1075-1091

Crowhurst, I. and kennedy-macfoy, M., (2013). Troubling gatekeepers: methodological considerations for social research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 16 (6), 457-462

Crowhurst, I., Roseneil, S., Hellesund, T., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2013). Close encounters: Researching intimate lives in Europe. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 16 (6), 525-533

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2013). Changing landscapes of heteronormativity: The regulation and normalization of same-sex sexualities in europe. Social Politics. 20 (2), 165-199

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2013). Reproduction and citizenship/reproducing citizens: Editorial introduction. Citizenship Studies. 17 (8), 901-911

Crowhurst, I., (2013). The fallacy of the instrumental gate? Contextualising the process of gaining access through gatekeepers. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 16 (6), 463-475

Crowhurst, I. and Kennedy-Macfoy, M., (2013). Editorial: Troubling gatekeepers: Methodological considerations for social research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 16 (6), 457-462

Crowhurst, I. and Bertone, C., (2012). Introduction: the politics of sexuality in contemporary Italy. Modern Italy. 17 (04), 413-418

Crowhurst, I., (2012). Caught in the victim/criminal paradigm: female migrant prostitution in contemporary Italy. Modern Italy. 17 (04), 493-506

Crowhurst, I., Outshoorn, J. and Skilbrei, M., (2012). Introduction: Prostitution policies in Europe. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 9 (3), 187-191

Crowhurst, I., (2012). Approaches to the regulation and governance of prostitution in contemporary Italy. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 9 (3), 223-232

Crowhurst, I., (2012). Caught in the victim/criminal paradigm: Female migrant prostitution in contemporary Italy. Modern Italy. 17 (4), 493-506

Crowhurst, I. and Bertone, C., (2012). Introduction: The politics of sexuality in contemporary Italy. Modern Italy. 17 (4), 413-418

Books (3)

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 1351133896. 9781351133890

King, A., Santas, A. and Crowhurst, I., (2017). Sexualities Research: Critical Interjections, Diverse Methodologies, and Practical Applications. Taylor & Francis (Routledge). 978-1-13-885164-1

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2015). Reproducing Citizens: family, state and civil society. Routledge. 978-1-13-894229-5

Book chapters (10)

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izubgara, C., (2018). Globally circulating discourses on the sex industry. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Editors: Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., . Routledge

Crowhurst, I., Testa�, P., Di Feliciantonio, C. and Garofalo-Geymonat, G., (2017). Italy. Editors: Wagenaar, H. and Jahnsen, S., . Routledge. 9781138224919

Crowhurst, I., (2017). Troubling unknowns and certainties in prostitution policy claims-making. In: Prostitution Research in Context: Methodology, Representation and Power. Editors: Spanger, M. and Skilbrei, M., . Routledge. 47- 63. 9781138909489

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2012). Remaking intimate citizenship in multicultural Europe: experiences outside the conventional family. In: Remaking citizenship in multicultural Europe: women's movements, gender and diversity. Editors: Roseneil, S., Halsaa, B. and Sumer, S., . Palgrave. 978-1-137-27215-7

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2011). Intimate citizenship and gendered well-being: The claims and interventions of women's movements in Europe. In: Transforming Gendered Well-Being in Europe: The Impact of Social Movements. Editors: Woodward, A., Bonvin, J. and Renom, M., . Ashgate. 187- 205. 9781409402831

Crowhurst, I. and Kendall, J., (2009). European social fund local social capital pilots and mainstreamed global grants: On the troubled trajectory of third sector policy transfer. In: Handbook on Third Sector Policy in Europe: Multi-level Processes and Organized Civil Society. Editors: Kendall, J., . Edward Elgar. 228- 252. 9781845429607

Varrel, A., Catarino, C. and Crowhurst, I., (2007). Genre et migration: bilan et perspectives. In: Les migrations internationals: enjeux contemporains et questions nouvelles. Editors: Audebert, C. and Ma Mung, E., . Universit� de Deusto. 237- 241. 9788498305333

Crowhurst, I., (2006). Socio-political and legal representations of migrant women sex labourers in Italy: Between discourse and praxis. In: Women and Immigration Law: New Variations on Classical Feminist Themes. Editors: van Walsum, S. and Spijkerboer, T., . Routledge. 241- 260. 1904385656. 9781904385653

Crowhurst, I., (2006). The provision of protection and settlement services for migrant women trafficked for sexual purposes: the case of Italy. In: Trafficking & the Global Sex Industry. Editors: Amir, D. and Beeks, K., . Lexington Books. 217- 236. 9780739113127

Trehan, N. and Crowhurst, I., (2005). Minority groups and reproductive rights: coerced sterilisation and female genital mutilation in Europe. In: Women's Reproductive Rights. Editors: Widdows, H., Alkorta Idiakez, I. and Emaldi, A., . Palgrave/Macmillan. 9781403949936

Grants and funding

2018

Comparing the taxation of prostitution in Europe: experiences and negotiations with laws and fiscal arrangements

Independent Social Research Foundation

2014

Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance

COST Office

Contact

icrow@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873059

Location:

6.360, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Mondays 12-2pm and Tuesdays 12-1pm in 6.358 or by appointment