Supporting Excellence in Gender Research

Research Workshops, 2014-15

Dr. Ivana Radacic, Ivo Pilar Institute, Croatia
Dr. Eilís Ward, Political Science and
Sociology, NUI Galway

Methods and methodologies in researching the sex trade: Ireland and Croatia considered

Date/Time: Thursday 28 May, 11.00-1.00
Venue: Room 1001, first floor, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway


This workshop will focus on the many challenges facing anyone researching the sex trade with reference to the experience of Dr. Radacic and Dr. Ward in Croatia and Ireland respectively. It will unpack these challenges, with an emphasis on how we do knowledge production in this contentious area of public policy. We will look at data gathering tools and mechanisms and also the attendant ethical, political and epistemological aspects. It understands research in this area as necessarily creating particular sets of tensions that researchers need to acknowledge. Following opening presentations, the workshop will proceed through an open dialogue.

Dr. Eilís Ward is a member of the Management Committee of ProsPoi, the EU funded Cost Action network on prostitution policies and has been writing and researching in this area for over ten years. She recently completed a joint QUB/NUIG research project on prostitution in Northern Ireland (Huschke et al 2014), funded by the N I Department of Justice and has engaged with the policy process in the Republic of Ireland on proposed changes in its prostitution regime.

Dr. Ivana Radacic is also a member of the ProsPol management Committee and is a Research Associate at the Ivo Pilar institute and part time lecturer in the University of Zagreb. Her background is in human rights, women's rights and feminism and she has worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and has written on women's rights jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

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