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.