Dr Laura Connelly

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Dr. Laura Connelly joined the University of Salford in September 2016 as a Lecturer in Criminology. Laura was awarded a University of Leeds Scholarship to undertake her PhD which was completed June 2016. The PhD was entitled: The Governance of Sex Trafficking: Anti-Trafficking Politics, Policy and Practice in England and Wales. During her PhD Laura was employed was employed as a Teaching Fellow, delivering criminological and sociological teaching to Foundation Year and Undergraduate students. Prior to this Dr. Connelly had completed an MA in Social Research and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology.


Laura is committed to research-led teaching, contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including:

  • Crime & Society
  • Becoming a Victim
  • Policing & Social Control (Module Leader)
  • Violence in Society
  • Constructing Guilt & Innocence
  • International Criminal Justice Processes

She also provides Admissions support for the Criminology and Sociology programmes.

Research Interests

Sitting on the borders of criminology and sociology, Laura’s research interests include: migration, policing, victimology, governance, and the sex industry.

Her PhD research (2016, University of Leeds) explored the governance of sex trafficking in the UK, focusing in particular upon how the strategic priorities of the police and organisational politics of the voluntary sector are negotiated and structured through service delivery.

Laura has also recently carried out research in partnership with National Ugly Mugs exploring the nature and extent of violence against sex workers. She was also involved in a Wellcome Trust funded project, alongside colleagues from the University of Leeds, exploring the working conditions of internet-based sex workers.

Qualifications and Memberships

2010:BA (Hons) Criminal Justice and Criminology

2011:MA (Hons) Social Research

2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2017: PhD in Sociology and Social Policy Associate




Sanders, T., Connelly, L., Jarvis-King, L. (2016). ‘On Our Terms: The Working Conditions of Internet-Based Escorts in the UK’ Sociological Research Online, 21(4).

Connelly, L. and Sanders, T. (2016). ‘Prostitution and Sex Work’ in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Connelly, L. (2016). ‘Debates on Prostitution: An Introduction to Feminist Politics and Their Influence upon International Policy and Practice’ in F. Jacob (ed.) Prostitution: A Companion of Mankind. London: Peter Lang.

Connelly, L., Jarvis-King, L., Ahearne, G. (2015). (eds.) ‘Editorial: Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape’ Special Edition of The Graduate Journal of Social Science, 11(3)

Connelly, L. (2015) ‘The Rescue Industry: When Help Becomes a Hindrance’ in L. Connelly, L. Jarvis-King and G. Ahearne (eds.) Special Edition of The Graduate Journal of Social Science, 11(3): 154-160.

Postgraduate research

Laura is happy to supervised Masters by Research and PhD research in the areas of:

  • The Sex Industry
  • Human Trafficking
  • Feminist Criminology/Sociology
  • Policing
  • Victimology