My primary research interests are in the sociology of gender and sexuality with a special focus on cosmetic surgery, female sex tourism, prostitution, the sale and consumption of embodied process of self production and medical tourism. Within these areas I am also interested to explore the intersections between gender, race, sexuality and empowerment.
My interests in sex tourism has led to ESRC funded research and published work on: the sexual exploitation of children within the tourist context, the informal and formal tourism sectors and the development of the informal sex industry, female sex tourism and a critique of radical feminist analyse of prostitution.
My interests in cosmetic surgery has led to ESRC funded research on cosmetic surgery tourism and to seed funding on ethnographic research to explore the market for breast augmentations in the UK. Publications from this focus on medical tourism and place, the subjective experience of patients who travel aboard for surgery and the development of cosmetic surgery tourism. The consumption of cosmetic surgery through the experience and motivations of young women who have breast augmentations and how breast augmentations have become detached from medical procedures.