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Dr Isabel Crowhurst

Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology
Dr Isabel Crowhurst
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +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’. With Sebastian Mohr, I coordinate the European Sociological Association Sexuality Research Network (RN23). From 2013 to 2017, I was Chair of COST Action IS1209 ‘Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (ProsPol)’, a four-year 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

Open to supervise

Sex work and sex industry studies

Open to supervise

The intersection of sexual and economic citizenship

Open to supervise

Fiscal sociology and critical taxation studies

Open to supervise

Comparative methods and psycho-social methodologies

Conferences and presentations

Sex Work and Financial Citizenship: Navigating Cryptocurrencies and Financial Moralities

European Sociological Association Conference 2021, 2/9/2021

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

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Researching Social Life II (SC203)

  • Sociology of Sexualities (SC291)

  • Formative Debates in Criminology (SC555)

  • Sociological Research Design (SC905)

  • Migration: Theory, Concepts and Selected Issues (SC982)

  • Interviewing and Qualitative Data Analysis (SC520)

  • Postgraduate Taught Project and Academic Skills (SC981)

Previous supervision

Helen Mary Rand
Helen Mary Rand
Thesis title: Digital Sex Markets: Entrepreneurship and Consumption Within an Uncertain Regulatory Framework
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 27/4/2020

Publications

Journal articles (19)

Cannito, M., Crowhurst, I., Mercuri, E., Ferrero Camoletto, R. and Quaglia, V., (2021). Doing masculinities online: defining and studying the manosphere. AG About Gender - Rivista internazionale di studi di genere. 10 (19), 1-34

Crowhurst, I. and Eldridge, A., (2020). “A Cathartic Moment in a Man’s Life”: Homosociality and Gendered Fun on the Puttan Tour. Men and Masculinities. 23 (1), 170-193

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I., Tiantian, Z. and Blanchette, T., (2020). Control creep and the multiple exclusions faced by women in low-autonomy sex industry sectors. Vibrant : Virtual Brazilian Anthropology. 17, 1-25

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. 16 (2), 166-178

Hellesund, T., Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Santos, AC. and Stoylova, M., (2019). Narrating and Relating to Ordinariness. Experiences of Unconventional Intimacies in Contemporary Europe. Ethnologia Scandinavica. 49, 92-113

Crowhurst, I., (2019). ‘We should tax sex workers to fund subsidies for families’: shifting affective registers and enduring (sexual) norms in the Italian Northern League’s approach to prostitution. Journal of Political Power. 12 (3), 374-389

Crowhurst, I., Vuolajärvi, N. and Hausbeck Korgan, K., (2019). Sexual Commerce: Troubling Meanings, Policies, and Practices. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 16 (2), 135-137

Ward, E., Crowhurst, I. and Sauer, B., (2019). Editorial. Journal of Political Power. 12 (3), 313-317

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

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

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., 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

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., Outshoorn, J. and Skilbrei, M-L., (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. and Bertone, C., (2012). Introduction: the politics of sexuality in contemporary Italy. Modern Italy. 17 (4), 413-418

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

Books (6)

Crowhurst, I., Dewey, S. and Izugbara, C., (2021). Third Sector Organizations in Sex Work and Prostitution Contested Engagements in Africa, the Americas and Europe. Routledge. 0815354150. 9780815354154

Roseneil, S., Crowhurst, I., Hellesund, T., Santos, AC. and Stoilova, M., (2020). The Tenacity of the Couple-Norm Intimate Citizenship Regimes in a Changing Europe. UCL Press. 1787358909. 9781787358904

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Cox, A., Crowhurst, I., Di Ronco, A., Fussey, P., Sergi, A., South, N., Thiel, D. and Turton, J., (2020). Criminology. A Sociological Introduction (Fourth edition). Routledge

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 1351133896. 9780815354123

King, A., Santas, AC. 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 (22)

West, R. and Crowhurst, I., (2021). Zinc’s Time in the Sun? Tracing the Reopening of the Riso and Parina Valleys’ Mines from Precarious Optimism to Affective Indeterminacy. In: Extraction/Exclusion: Beyond binaries in resource practice and knowledge. Editors: Behzadi, NE., Doering, N. and Postar, S., . Rowman & Littlefield

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. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Families and intimate relationships. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 265- 268. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Third parties. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 389- 392. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). The research enterprise. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 29- 32. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Global knowledge flows. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 181- 185. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Socio-legal practices. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 105- 108. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Clients. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 327- 330. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Introduction. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 1- 10. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Cultural representations. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 451- 454. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Technologies. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 529- 532. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Sex industry research. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 11- 26. 9780815354123

Dewey, S., Crowhurst, I. and Izugbara, C., (2018). Globally circulating discourses on the sex industry. In: Routledge International Handbook of Sex Industry Research. Routledge. 186- 197. 9780815354123

Crowhurst, I., Testaì, P., Di Feliciantonio, C. and Geymonat, GG., (2017). Italy. In: Assessing Prostitution Policies in Europe. Editors: Wagenaar, H. and Jahnsen, SØ., . Routledge. 317- 330. 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-L., . Routledge. 47- 63. 9781315692586

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: Halsaa, B., Roseneil, S. and Sümer, S., . Palgrave. 41- 69. 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, AE., Bonvin, J-M. 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., . Université de Deusto. 237- 241. 9788498305333

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

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: Spijkerboer, T. and van Walsum, S., . Routledge. 241- 260. 0203945352. 9780203945353

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

Other (1)

Crowhurst, I. and Garofalo Geymonat, G., (2019).'Sex Work' entry Dicionário Alice,CES, University of Coimbra

Grants and funding

2020

Sex Work & Financial Exclusion

University of Essex (IAA)

Challenging urban sex workers� multiple exclusions in Brazil: a network to share knowledge, confront stigma, and promote community-led responses

Academy of Medical Sciences

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