Research: Diary of a Sex Work Researcher in India – Week 1

Dr Sarah Kingston (a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a sex worker researcher) recently visited India and did some voluntary work in the slums and shared her own research findings at conferences in India.  Read some snippets of her time in India below.

Day 1 – 28th December 2013

We arrived in Mumbai after a long journey. Mumbai is an interesting city. I was overwhelmed by the extent and levels of poverty visible on the streets, with thousands of people living in shanty huts, tents, and on the road or pavement. Streets and streets were filled with people living in this way, in some areas with whole communities of shanty huts, commonly known as the slums. At the same time you would often see evidence of wealth in the cars driven through the city.

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Leading Criminologists commissioned to look at relationships between poverty and crime for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Professor Colin Webster and Dr Sarah Kingston from the Criminology Group and the new Centre for Applied Social Research at Leeds Met have reviewed evidence about the benefits of reducing crime by reducing poverty.

 

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As well as looking at the links how poverty and crime influence one another they have been asked by JRF to explore what contributions policies to prevent and reduce crime might make to their anti-poverty programme. The review is one of a comprehensive series of reviews, consultations and workshops to gather ideas and evidence; and commission analysis, research and modelling. The programme aims to reduce poverty across the four nations of the UK, creating costed, evidence-based anti-poverty strategies by 2016 that it is hoped will have a positive impact on the people affected.

In gathering knowledge and evidence about the interaction of poverty and crime,Prof Webster and Dr Kingston make explicit the direct and indirect influences and causes of this relationship, which have often remained implicit and unclear in much criminological research and crime policy, denying us access to the triggers and mechanisms that account for the ways poverty and crime are linked.

 

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Semester 2: Stop trying to change yourself, change your story instead!

You are just back from the end of semester 1 holiday and should be in the process of receiving your grades and feedback.  Some of you may return with lots of good intentions about how you are going to be different in semester 2 in order to work harder, be more focussed, and achieve better grades.  A bit like New Year’s resolutions, for the majority, good intentions tend to fail very quickly. Perhaps some of you, for example in your third year of study, may be familiar with returning to university with good intentions

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Having spent 20 years as a student (from starting primary school to successfully completing my PhD) I am familiar with the creation of good intentions.  Let me share with you one example from my life about a period where I had lots of good intentions and had tried to change my behaviour: Secondary School.

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10 Reasons we keep creating the same results at University

As a returning student to university, can you observe a pattern of behavior/habits that has led to you getting the results you have got, during your time at school, college and university?  If you are not happy with this pattern or the results you have received, please consider the following 10 points to help you become even more aware of some of the potential reasons for this.

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