The Irish Sex Work Research Network (ISWRN) is a platform for those interested in developing and supporting sex work and sexual governance scholarship within the island of Ireland. The network is a resource intended for sharing research on a range of issues that relate to and shape sex work. Topics include, but are not limited to, social justice, human rights, violence, exploitation, health, poverty, gender, migration, trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, law and policy.
ISWRN promotes ethical and robust research to:
• Critique and challenge exclusionary and undemocratic processes that impact sex workers negatively;
• Identify opportunities for collaborative research across partner institutions, partner agencies and individuals domestically and internationally;
• Provide a centre for expertise on sex work research and evaluation and
• To influence law, policy and practice in the field of sex work and sexual governance.
The hub welcomes membership from academics, students, practitioners, sex workers, policy makers, lawyers, advocates and individuals in Ireland or with an interest in the Irish context.
The ISWRN is committed to:
• Collaborative research and practice that prioritises sex workers’ lives;
• Developing a robust evidence base on sex work in Ireland that recognises sex workers as experts in their own lives and contexts;
• Promoting the highest ethical standards in sex work and sexual governance research; • Including sex workers as peers and collaborators in the research process and
• Supporting research that informs law, policy and praxis based on social justice principles.
Code of practice
The ISWRN mailing list is a forum for members to discuss and share ideas and knowledge for the benefit of the entire community. While ISWRN encourages healthy, relevant debate and information sharing, we do ask that you respect the code of conduct set out below.
Guidelines: Please respect others’ opinions, bearing in mind cultural differences and diversity. We will not tolerate discriminatory emails, language or personalised attacks on individuals through ‘spamming’ or ‘trolling’. ISWRN reserves the right to take action against any member who posts content that it considers to be unacceptable. This includes (but is not limited to) any content that: abuses, harasses, stalks or threatens others is libellous, knowingly false or misrepresents another person violates an obligation of confidentiality violates the privacy of others including posting others’ emails or personal details without their permission uses racist or sexist language. If you believe that a post to the mailing list contains content that is unacceptable, please notify the ISWRN list board. If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour on a mailing list, ISWRN may take any action it deems appropriate, including issuing a warning, a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the mailing list. We expect anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour to comply immediately. If you are subject to or wish to report unacceptable behaviour, please notify ISWRN list board as soon as possible.
The ISWRN Board
Co-chairs: Dr Sharron A. FitzGerald and Dr Kathryn McGarry
Board Steering Committee: Dr Gillian Wylie, Dr Graham Ellison, Dr Leigh-Ann Sweeney, Dr Paul Ryan, Professor Maggie O’Neill, Kate McGrew and Seán Burke.