Lorraine Nencel is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, VU Amsterdam. She is specialised in qualitative methodology and her research focusses primarily on gender and sexuality. Currently, Lorraine is a co-investigator on a project concerning the sexual and reproductive health of young female migrants (sex workers, ready made garment workers, and beauty parlour workers) in Dhaka Bangladesh. Lorraine also writes on epistemological issues and researchers’ engagement in relation to feminist and critical research.
Lorraine has also undertaken research on sex work, in Peru, South Africa, Netherlands, Ethiopia and Kenya. Both the projects in Bangladesh and Kenya and Ethiopia are collaborative projects working directly with sex worker organisations and other local stakeholders. She is member of the Dutch activist-sex worker-research network SexWork Expertise, and member of the EU COST ACTION: ProsPol, a European network of researchers working on issues regarding Sex work and prostitution policy.