Sex Entertainment Venues: Regulating Working Conditions

The overall aim of the project is to disseminate and make active findings from ESRC project “The Regulatory Dance: Structural Integration of Sexual Consumption into the Night Time Economy”1 (Sanders and Hardy, 2011).

This dissemination project will be carried out between November 2011 and end of October 2012. The main dissemination activities we will be carrying out during this project are;

  • Producing a series of bespoke briefing paper based on the research findings.
  • Delivering seminars & presentations for licensing practitioners, policy makers, business owners/managers & labour organisations
  • Developing & delivering an employment rights and tax awareness educational programme for dancers, in partnership with HM Revenue & Customs
  • Developing a website & smart phone application for dancers to communicate information about self employment, paying tax and safety
  • Carrying out a systematic review of International Policy Evidence on Licensing of Sexual Entertainment & a review of SEV polices re inclusion of dancers welfare & safety matters

For more information please click here to go to the project website2


Briefing document July 2012

Impact report December 2012

Project Publications

Final Findings of Lap Dancing Study (Dec 2011)

Visual Findings Summary3

Comment on Media Coverage4

Listen to what dancers say5

The Special Report on the LSSI website6 includes a video which makes the connections between research and teaching, demonstrating the cyclical nature of research informing teaching content and practices, whilst at the same time feeding back into the reflexive research process.

A summary of the preliminary findings from the 'Regulatory Dance' ESRC funded project on striptease in the UK by Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy is available as a Special Report on the LSSI website. We also include some visual methods done in partnership with some dancers and photographer Liz Lock.

'Sexual Entertainment Venues: Regulating Working Conditions'7 ESRC follow on funding 2011-2012