Dr Sarah Kingston

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My research interests focus on sex crimes, sexuality, sexual rights and the restrictions placed on sexual freedoms. In particular, my research has primarily focused on prostitution policy, female clients of commercial sex, the policing of prostitution and community attitudes and responses to prostitution.

I have been awarded external funding as PI and Co-PI for five research projects from The British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, The Economic and Social Research Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council for England, The Sir Halley Stewart Trust, and The Wates Foundation.

I have published three monographs (one forthcoming), one edited book, several book chapters and journals articles in leading journals such as Policing and Society and Sexualities, commissioned reports, and practitioner publications.

I have provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees and independent inquiries, such as The Home Office, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, the Liberal Democratic party work group on sex work, and Westminster City Council. I have also provided expert evidence to a number of legal proceedings that have involved alleged trafficking and brothel keeping offences.

My research has featured in over 100 international magazine and newspaper articles, such as The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph Australia, Malaysia Chronicle, Nigeria Daily News and Cosmopolitan Magazine . I have been interviewed for numerous national and international television and radio shows, such BBC Radio Thinking Aloud with Laurie Taylor, France 24 News and ITV News.

I have been invited speaker and keynote at a range of academic and non-academic events such as the launch of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education, Leeds University; Academia Film Olomouc, International Festival of Science Documentary Films, The Czech Republic; Margins and Dialogue: Local, National and Transnational Contexts Conference, University of Pune, India.

I regularly act as an expert reviewer for funding bodies such as the ESRC, the Marsden Fund Council, New Zealand and the Israel Science Foundation. I regularly review articles for leading journals and book publishers. I have been invited to examine PhD’s in the UK and Australia.

I am Director for the Centre of Crime, Law and Justice and Head of Mentoring within The Law School. I have previously acted as Lancaster Lead for the Socio-Legal pathway of the North West Doctoral Training Centre and as Lead for the Training and Learning strand of the N8 Policing Partnership funded by Hefce.

I established and led the development of three new Master’s degree programmes (with Gary Potter) and one undergraduate degree programme in Criminology at Lancaster. I am an elected member of the Law School’s Policy and Research committees. I coordinated the QAA Review of Criminology at Lancaster in 2015. I review internal grant applications, journal articles, and PhD funding applications.

Prior to coming to Lancaster I held the position of Course leader and Senior lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University. Before that I was employed as a Research Fellow on the ESRC/AHRC Youth on Religion project.

‘Cost’ calculations as a barrier to gaining information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from the Police in England and Wales
Kingston, S.E., Elliott, A., Thomas, T. 1/08/2019 In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. 29, 7, p. 834-847. 14 p.
Journal article

No model in Practice: A 'Nordic model' to respond to prostitution
Kingston, S.E., Thomas, T. 1/05/2019 In: Crime, Law and Social Change. 71, 4, p. 423–439. 17 p.
Journal article

The Sexual Risk Order and Sexual Harm Prevention Order: the first two years
Kingston, S.E., Thomas, T. 1/03/2018 In: Probation Journal. 65, 1, p. 77-88. 12 p.
Journal article

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: implications for sex workers and their clients
Kingston, S., Thomas, T. 06/2017 In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. 27, 5, p. 465-479. 15 p.
Journal article

A history of prostitution policy in the UK: targeting the problem, from women to men
Kingston, S. 2016 In: Prostitution. Peter Lang p. 205-216. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Women Who Buy Sexual Services in the UK: End of Funded Project Report
Kingston, S.E., Hammond, N. 2016 The Law School.
Other report

The most ‘undeserving’ of all?: how poverty drives young men to victimisation and crime
Kingston, S., Webster, C. 17/10/2015 In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice. 23, 3, p. 215-227. 13 p.
Journal article

Sister wives, surrogates and sex workers : outlaws by choice
Kingston, S. 04/2015 In: Criminology and Criminal Justice. 15, 2, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Red-light restrictions
Kingston, S., Thomas, T. 21/03/2015 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly 2 p.
Featured article

The police, sex work, and Section 14 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009
Kingston, S., Thomas, T. 07/2014 In: The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 53, 3, p. 255-269. 15 p.
Journal article

Sex workers and the Policing and Crime Act 2009
Kingston, S., Thomas, T. 5/04/2014 Criminal Law and Justice Weekly 2 p.
Featured article

Public sex
Kingston, S., Thomas, T. 04/2014 In: Shades of deviance. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415733229.

Experiencing stigma as sex work researchers in professional and personal lives
Hammond, N., Kingston, S. 03/2014 In: Sexualities. 17, 3, p. 329-347. 19 p.
Journal article

Poverty and crime
Webster, C., Kingston, S. 2014 Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 47 p.
Commissioned report

Prostitution in the community: attitudes, action and resistance
Kingston, S. 2013 Routledge. 214 p.

Youth on religion: the development, negotiation and impact of faith and non-faith identity
Madge, N., Hemming, P., Stenson, K., Allum, N., Calestani, M., King, K., Goodman, A., Kingston, S., Webster, C. 2013 Routledge. 244 p.

Conducting large-scale surveys in schools and colleges: the case of the youth on religion
Madge, N., Hemming, P., Goodman, A., Goodman, S., Kingston, S., Stenson, K., Webster, C. 11/2012 In: Children and Society. 26, 6, p. 417–429. 13 p.
Journal article

Intent to criminalize: men who buy sex and prostitution policy in the UK
Kingston, S. 2010 In: New sociologies of sex work. Farnham : Ashgate p. 23-38. 16 p. ISBN: 9780754679868.

Introduction: new sociologies in perspective
Kingston, S., Sanders, T. 2010 In: New sociologies of sex work. Farnham : Ashgate p. 1-8. 8 p. ISBN: 9780754679868.

New sociologies of sex work
Hardy, K., Kingston, S., Sanders, T. 2010 Farnham : Ashgate. 256 p. ISBN: 9780754679868.

Demonising desire: men who buy sex and prostitution policy in the UK
Kingston, S. 07/2009 In: Research for Sex Work. 11
Journal article