Joanne is completing an MPhil with transfer to PhD that commenced in April 2015. The title of Joanne’s PhD is ‘An exploration of the experiences of those working in the UK adult film industry’ and she is under the supervision of Dr Conan Leavey (Public Health Institute), Dr Kim Ross-Houle (Public Health Institute) and Dr Anna Carline (School of Law, University of Leicester). The project has a mixed methods approach with an initial exploratory phase using an unstructured life history approach to gather detailed information relating to performers’ and producers’ experiences of their time working in the adult film industry. The second phase will utilise a quantitative questionnaire in order to gain a wider perspective of experiences.
Prior her time in the Public Health Institute, Joanne initially gained degrees in science, BSc Biochemistry and MSc Molecular Modelling. She then went on to work for the Probation Service for 5 years where she qualified as a Probation Officer after gaining her Professional Diploma in Probation Studies. For the last 5 years, Joanne worked for the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, initially working with those living with HIV, providing HIV testing services and health promotion related work. Between 2012 -2015, Joanne was seconded to Swansea University where she worked on the Student Sex Work Project, an innovative research project that focused upon the experiences of students in the UK working in the sex industry.