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. I have also taught at the University of Hong Kong.

I am involved in the design and delivery of under and postgraduate provision. 


Representations of Crime

Crime and Social Justice

Social Exclusion

Real World Research

Safeguarding, Risk and Vulnerability

Criminological Frameworks

Becoming a Criminologist

Global Crime

Explaining Crime

Dissertation supervision


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

Senior Fellow - Advance HE (2023) 


Academic and research interests

Commercial sex work

Participatory Action Research

Sociology of HIV/AIDS

Sociology of Tattooing and Body Modification

Deviance and Social Control

Class and inequality


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 

Recent external roles

External Examiner: BA/FdA and Cert HE Criminology and Criminal Justice, Blackburn College 

External Examiner: Professional Policing, University of Law

Member: Independent Monitoring Board, HMP Deerbolt