Prior to joining the University of Cumbria in 2021, I spent time in the policy area working within the Crime and Justice team within the National Centre for Social Research where I led and was involved in projects commissioned by bodies such as the Ministry of Justice and the Prison Reform Trust.

I have also worked as a lecturer in Criminology at both Leeds Beckett University, the University of Hull and Leeds City College.


CRIM 6506 Representations of Crime

CRIM 4131 Crime and Social Justice

CRIM 5117 Social Exclusion

CRIM 5115 Real World Research

CRIM 7112 Safeguarding, Risk and Vulnerability


Qualifications and memberships

PhD Sociology and Social Policy, University of Stirling 2012

MSc Applied Social Research, University of Stirling 2008

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology, University of Stirling 2007

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Leeds Beckett University, 2016

Fellow - Advance HE

Academic and research interests

Commercial sex work

Participatory Action Research

Sociology of HIV/AIDS

Sociology of Tattooing and Body Modification

Deviance and Social Control


Book chapters;

Lister, B., 2018, ‘The impact of criminalisation on indoor sex workers in England and Wales and the need for legislative change', in S. Fitzgerrald &  K. Barry (eds.), Realising Justice for Sex Workers: An Agenda for Change, Global Political Economies of Gender & Sexuality, Policy Network, London.

Hubbard, P & Lister, B., 2014, ‘Sexual Entertainment, Dread Risks and The Heterosexualisation of Community Space', in P. Maginn &  C. Steinmetz (eds.), (Sub) Urban SexScapes - Geographies and Regulation of the Sex Industries, Routledge, London.

Articles / book reviews;

Lister, B., 2015, 'Yeah, they’ve started to get a bit fucking cocky’… Culture, economic change and shifting power relations within the Scottish lap-dancing industry', Graduate Journal of Social Science 11(2), 38-54. 

Lister, B., 2016 Triple Book Review: 'Prostitution Policy in the Nordic Region: Ambiguous Sympathies'.By M. Skilbrei & C. Holmstrom, 'Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work'. By S. Oselin, & Selling Sex: 'Experience, Advocacy and Research on Sex Work in Canada'. By E. van der Meulen, E. M. Durisn & V. Love, The British Journal of Criminology, 56 (1), 196–201

Lister, B., (2016) Book Review: 'Prostitution in the Community, Attitudes, Action and Resistance', The British Journal of Criminology, 56(3), 626–627


Lister, B., Graham., H, Egdell.,V,  McQuaid., R & Raeside., R 'The impact of Welfare Reform in Scotland Tracking Study: Baseline Findings', The Scottish Government, April 2014 

Graham, H., Lister., B, Egdell., V,  McQuaid.,R  & Raeside., R  'The impact of welfare reform in Scotland Tracking Study: Year 1 Findings', The Scottish Government, October 2014