Researching and Making an Impact with ‘Hard to Reach’ Groups

Workshop open to Academic Staff and Postgraduate Students
Wednesday 29th November 2017
2pm-4pm in the Cadbury Room (10th floor of North Wing)


Speakers: Dr Sharron FitzGerald (Distinguished Visitor, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich); Dr Katy Pilcher (Aston University) & Dr Demelza Jones (Aston University)

This workshop will draw from Dr Sharron FitzGerald’s research in which she has interviewed human traffickers, women who have been trafficked, as well as dedicated NGOs, anti-trafficking and prostitution police units, state prosecutors and judges, regarding their approach and understanding of the legal prosecution process in Germany. Dr Katy Pilcher will reflect upon her research with sex workers; performers and spectators in erotic dance venues marketed towards women customers in the UK; and practitioners of ‘orgasmic meditation’ in London and New York. Dr Demelza Jones will speak about her research with migrants and other politically marginalised groups.

The workshop will include discussions surrounding issues of access and gatekeeping, the research process, and the ethics and political implications of characterising people as ‘hard to reach’ or ‘vulnerable groups’ in constructing research agendas, during the research process, and in impact and dissemination activities.

The workshop is interactive – please come along ready to share insights from your own research or future research ideas.

Places are free but registration is essential as space is limited, please RSVP for a place to Dr Katy Pilcher: ASAP.