After completing research funded through a SSHRC partnership grant, Dr. Ryan Conrad and his University of Ottawa colleague Dr. Emma McKenna shared some of their initial findings on The Conversation through an article on entitled “Sex, taxes & COVID-19: How sex workers navigated pandemic relief efforts.” This research was conducted in collaboration with Prostitutes of Ottawa Gatineau Work Educate Resist (POWER). Dr. Conrad and McKenna have gone on to further elaborate on the methodological and ethical questions they grappled with throughout the research project with POWER in a new book chapter entitled “Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Doing Research in Collaboration with Sex Workers and Sex Worker Organizations” in the recently published anthology Facilitating Community Research for Social Change: Case Studies in Qualitative, Arts-Based and Visual Research. This chapter offers readers insights into how they, as activist academics, navigated some of the ethical concerns that arise when doing research with marginal communities. The chapter uniquely offers students and scholars a “10 Questions” guide for thinking through ethical and research design questions when doing research on, about, or in collaboration with sex workers.

A virtual book launch for the anthology in which this new chapter appears is slated for April 17th 2022 at 6pm EDT.  More details are available here.

Facilitating Community Research For Social Change Book Cover