May 28

Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry module sources

I run an award-winning module at the University of Liverpool called Crime, Justice and the Sex Industry. You can read more here. I would like to thank Professor Maggie O’Neill for the inspiration and all those at the Sex Work Research Hub who helped me to design this module. I use a trauma-informed pedagogy explored […]

September 23

Dr Gemma Ahearne

Dr. Gemma Ahearne Welcome to my blog. I am an award winning educator with 9 years lecturing experience and 20 years experience of the sex industry. As a proud Dyslexic I am committed to innovative, creative and ‘out of the box’ ways of communicating information. I am a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of […]

September 25

Pedagogy resources

My trajectory into academia has been non-traditional and I am very keen to advocate for the value of lived experience and the need to widen participation. I love meeting people working in similar areas or approaching teaching from a similar perspective. Please contact me if you want to talk about approaches or potential collaborations. I […]

September 12

God is in the rubble

I don’t write with an audience in mind for this blog. It is just my musings in a public space. I am not a Theologian, so I hope I can do justice to the work discussed. I have written elsewhere on the blog that I am angry with the church during the pandemic. My faith […]

August 23

So I trust, too

My friend Ros sent me the verse above during a difficult time. I come back to it frequently. I have made no secret that I have found myself politically homeless during the pandemic, and have been disappointed and disgusted with an organized left who have no acknowledgement of competing harms. Privileged middle class academics who […]

August 20

Death, Sociology and the People

I am currently on week 3 of my month-long annual leave. I have fallen into a comforting pattern of lay-ins (I usually get up at 5am) long walks with the dogs, yoga, time with my husband, friends and family. I work all year looking forward to this summer break, and this slowness is what I […]

August 07

Book Review- Dr Angela Jones ‘Camming’

For those who regularly read the blog, you will know that I run a third year module on the sex industry at the University of Liverpool. I keep an updated sex work resource list here. I have spent 20 years in and around the sex industry and never tire of reading the new research. Dr […]

August 01

Let Go, and Let God

Today is the 1st of August. It is Lammas or Lammastide, a day celebrated by Pagans and Christians. It is the first wheat harvest and we praise God and/or the land for the bread that nurtures us. For Pagans the emphasis is on death and rebirth, the cycle of life. The richness of the ground […]

July 25

Long read: The War on Dissent during the State of Exception

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank colleagues for their kind and insightful feedback on an earlier of this blog post: Dr Firat Cengiz, Professor John Preston, Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor Lucy Easthope, Dr Mike Homfray, Dr Michael Riordan. The views represented are mine alone, and providing comments on my work does not equal agreement or […]

July 04

Sex work, disability and the pandemic

I will start by saying that I hope you are well. My thoughts are with all those struggling, grieving and suffering in various ways. Things are unlikely to become much brighter in the recovery period where we will face different challenges. We must care for one another and fight injustices wherever we see them. The […]

June 13

The Spirit of Lockdown

Acknowledgements Thank you to all my friends IRL and to all my like-minded twitter pals (many of whom I know IRL now) for keeping me sane during a pandemic and for speaking out and being critical. I have connected with many wonderful people outside of my discipline and I am excited for the research we […]

June 02

SOCI103 Social Change in Contemporary Society resources

This is a first year core module that has 200-270 registered students. Learners are provided with a detailed reading list and a module guide with readings. The module is split into 3 blocks: Race, Class and Gender. Week 1: What is ‘Race’, what is ‘Ethnicity’? Race and Ethnicity Explained What is race and what is […]