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Dr Rachel Stuart
Lecturer in Criminology and Deviance

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Dr Rachel Stuart is a criminologist who specialises in the research of marginalised communities. Her doctoral thesis was a study of webcam performers broadcasting adult content material– a study she undertook while simultaneously researching the impacts of policing on the health of sex workers with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has also designed and conducted a longitudinal study of street sex workers before and during the COVID pandemic for the Doctors of The World NGO. Most recently she has been employed as a consultant by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a DHSC funded research around the impacts of COVID on The Gypsy Roma and Traveller Communities. Drawing on her positionality as a member of the Traveller community to highlight the issues that Travellers have experienced during the COVID pandemic in the context of structural racism. Rachel uses her role as a host on the Newbook Network to explore her areas of interest including new debates concerning sex work that fall outside the binaries of exploitation and liberation. She is currently a member of a team of Brunel academics that are investigating the impacts of digital poverty on the Roma community in Margate and community-based solutions to the issues of digital exclusion that are experienced in the Margate context.  


PhD. Criminology .The University of Kent (2021)

Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma (PCert/PDip) in Research Methods .The University of Kent (2018).

LLM Criminal Justice and Human Rights .The University of Kent LLM. (2014-15): Merit.

BA (Hons.) Criminology and Cultural Studies. The University of Kent  (2011-2014): First Class Honours.


I am currently designing modules for the forthcoming criminology degree which I will be teaching from September 2022

Newest selected publications

Stuart, R. (Accepted) 'Webcam Performers Resisting Social Harms: “You're on the Web Masturbating… It's Just about Minimising the Footprint”'. International Journal of Gender, Sexuality and Law, 2 (1). pp. 171 - 198.

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Platt, L., Bowen, R., Grenfell, P., Sarker, MD., Stuart, R., Hill, K., et al. (2022) 'The Effect of Systemic Racism and Homophobia on Police Enforcement, Sexual and Emotional Violence Among Sex Workers in East London'. the journal of urban health.

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Platt, L., Bowen, R., Grenfell, P., Stuart, R., Sarker, MD., Hill, K., et al. (2022) 'The Effect of Systemic Racism and Homophobia on Police Enforcement and Sexual and Emotional Violence among Sex Workers in East London: Findings from a Cohort Study'. Journal of Urban Health. ISSN: 1099-3460

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Stuart, R., Grenfell, P., Eastham, J., Gallagher, A., Platt, L., Elmes, J. and et al. (2022) 'Policing and public health interventions into sex workers’ lives: necropolitical assemblages and alternative visions of social justice'. Critical Public Health. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 0958-1596

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Elmes, J., Stuart, R., Grenfell, P., Walker, J., Hill, K., Hernandez, P., et al. (2021) 'Effect of police enforcement and extreme social inequalities on violence and mental health among women who sell sex: findings from a cohort study in London, UK'. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 0 (in press). pp. 323 - 331. ISSN: 1368-4973 Open Access Link

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