BA (Sheffield) MA (Leeds) PhD (Leeds)
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My research explores care and social control processes for ‘vulnerable’ groups. I am especially interested in how notions of vulnerability shape welfare and disciplinary systems. This interest has led me to focus particularly on 'troublesome' young people, their social worlds and the governance of their lives. Groups I have written about so far have been sexually exploited young women, young men served with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and young people considered to be 'vulnerable'. Alongside exploring vulnerability as it is lived and governed, the behavioural regulation of 'problem' groups is a key concern in my work.
Before studying for my PhD I worked in the voluntary sector for nearly ten years, in services for groups who tend to be considered vulnerable or 'problematic'. This experience had a strong influence on my research interests. I worked first as a support worker for women and children involved in the sex industry in Leicester, and then for The Children's Society, co-ordinating a national campaign to involve young people with experience of selling sex in policy-making about sexual exploitation. In 2005, I moved to Leeds to work as a manager at a young people’s drugs service and then for Leeds Women's Aid, managing community and family domestic violence services.
Since 2001 I have continued to maintain an interest in research, policy and practice related to the sex trade and sexual exploitation. I am Chair of Trustees for Basis Yorkshire, a fantastic and innovative charity which supports sex workers and sexually exploited children. I am research lead on Leeds City Council's Prostitution Strategic Partnership and a member of the Yorkshire Academic Sex Work Consortium. In 2013 I undertook some scoping research which helped develop a new non-enforcement partnership approach to street sex work in Leeds. With Basis, I also deliver street outreach sessions to support women selling sex.
Supervision interests: Young people and crime; social control; regulatory welfare; conditionality; the concept of vulnerability; sexual exploitation; the sex industry; qualitative research methods with 'hard to reach' groups.
Brown, K. (2015) Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practice. Bristol: The Policy Press. Available online.
Brown, K. (2014) 'Questioning the Vulnerability Zeitgeist: Care and control practices with ‘vulnerable’ young people', Social Policy and Society. Available online.
Brown, K. (2014) 'Beyond Protection: 'The vulnerable' in the age of austerity' in Harrison, M. and Sanders, T. (eds) Social Policies and Social Control: New Perspectives on the Not-so- Big Society. Policy Press.
Brown, K.and Moore, J. (2014) Prostitution in Leeds: Preliminary Scoping Research, University of York and Safer Leeds. Research conducted for Leeds Prostitution Strategic Partnership. Research key findings. Executive Summary (PDF , 419kb)
Brown, K. (2012) 'Re-moralising ‘Vulnerability’', People, Place and Policy Online, 6 (1): 41-53. Available online.
Brown, K. and Patrick, R. (2012) 'Re-moralising or De-moralising? The Coalition government’s approach to ‘problematic’ populations: editorial', People, Place and Policy Online, 6 (1): 1-2. Available online.
Patrick, R., Brown, K. and Drever, E. (2011) The current and future state of Social Policy teaching in UK Higher Education Institutions(HEIs), report published online by the Social Policy Association. Available online [PDF].
Brown, K. (2011) ‘‘Vulnerability’: Handle with Care’, Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare, 5 (3): 313-321.
Brown, K. (2011) ‘Beyond Badges of Honour: Young People’s Perceptions of their Anti-Social Behaviour Orders’, People, Place and Policy Online, 5 (1): 12-24. Available online.
Brown, K. (2006) ‘Participation and Young People Involved in Prostitution’, Child Abuse Review, 15 (2): 294-312.