Supervision: Dr Fairleigh Gilmour and Professor Janine Hayward (Politics)
Thesis: Factors impacting the workplace experience of sex workers in Aotearoa New Zealand
This project researches factors that impact the workplace experience of sex workers. It is a case study of sex work workplaces in Aotearoa New Zealand. In other countries, studies about sex work grapple with issues of legality and criminalisation. In New Zealand under decriminalisation, there is space to look into how sex workers experience their workplace as a place of work. The project includes in-depth interview with sex workers in a number of locations across New Zealand. The interview questions are drawn from routine workplace assessments and adapted to suit the methodology. The questions focus on the wider labour market, workers’ rights, job satisfaction, and perception of input/return. In order to adhere to standpoint theory as much as possible, the meaning of ‘workplace’ is left relatively undefined, instead letting the interpretation form during interviews.