Emily Cooper

PhD student, Senior Teaching Associate, Sessional - Clerical/Admin, Sessional - Teaching

My research focuses on how and why sexual leisure establishments affect the social and physical environment of Blackpool. I am particularly interested in how living and/or working in close proximity to sexual leisure establishments (with a focus on massage parlours) impacts socio-spatial constructions and every-day experiences. As Blackpool retains an extremely dominant leisure and pleasure image, with attempts to cater for both families and adult entertainment, my thesis explores the role of the sex industry in this conflicted identity. It also examines local attitudes towards the location and management of Blackpool's sex industry. Working PhD Title: "Its Better than Daytime Television: Questioning the Impacts of Blackpool's Sex industry on People and Place" Supervisors: Professor Colin Pooley, Dr. Saskia Vermeylen and Dr. Rebecca Ellis