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Sharron A. FitzGerald

Chercheuse associée au Cresppa-GTM
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences and Senior Researcher
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Executive Director of the International Research Centre for Law, Gender & Sexuality (LEX)

Domaines de recherche

Dr FitzGerald’s research interests and expertise lie at the intersection of mobility, gender, sexuality and law. She has conducted large and small scale empirical and theoretical research in the areas of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, sex work, sexual politics, gender equality law and policy and migration from the Global South to the European Union. Sharron is an experienced social scientist and has expertise in qualitative research methods and fieldwork, including psychosocial approaches to researching ‘vulnerable’ and ‘difficult to reach populations.


Recherches en cours

‘The Istanbul Convention is not for Migrant Women’ with Professor Jane Freedman

This book project is a critical and postcolonial feminist analysis of the Istanbul Convention Action against violence against women and domestic violence (2012). The project examines whether States Parties to the Convention are meeting their obligations to take measures to protect and support migrant women from violence.

Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape) with Professor May-Len Skilbrei

Evidently Rape studies how physical evidence matters and can be a factor in how medical and criminal justice institutions approach the crime of rape.





Articles dans des revues à comité de lecture

  • 2021 - Scoular, J and S. FitzGerald. "Why prostitution should be decriminalized : from ressentiment to rights, recognition and redistribution" Special Issue of International Journal of Criminal Justice and Social Democracy 10(4) : 52-65.
  • 2021 - FitzGerald, S and J. Freedman "Where is The Justice in EU Anti-Trafficking Policy ? Feminist Reflections on European Union Policy-Making Processes". European Journal of Women’s Studies. 28.4 : 440-454.
  • 2021 - FitzGerald, S and A. Carline "Gender, Justice and Social Transformation : Grand Challenges". Gender, Justice and Social Transformation Front. Hum. Dyn., 05 July 2021
  • 2020 - FitzGerald, S, M O’Neill and G. Wylie "Social Justice for Sex Workers as a ‘Politics of Doing’ : Research, Policy and Practice". The Irish Journal of Irish Sociology. 28(3) : 256-279.
  • 2020 - FitzGerald, S "Trafficked Women’s Presentation of Self before the German Courts European" Journal of Women’s Studies. 27(1) : 57-71.
  • 2019 - McGarry, K and S. FitzGerald (2017 online first) ‘Misrecognised and Misrepresented : Sex Working Women, Feminists and the Politics of Sex Work in Ireland’ Criminology and Criminal Justice 19(1) : 62-79.
  • 2017 - Sweeny, L. A, and S. FitzGerald A "Cased for a Health Promotion Framework : The Psychosocial Experiences of Migrant Women in Prostitution in Ireland". International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 13. 4 : 419-431.
  • 2016 - FitzGerald, S. and K. McGarry "Problematising prostitution in law and policy in the Republic of Ireland : A case for reframing ?" Social and Legal Studies. 25. 3 : 289-309.
  • 2016 - FitzGerald, S "Vulnerable geographies : human trafficking, immigration and border control in the UK and beyond" Gender, Place and Culture 23. 2 : 181-197.
  • 2012 - FitzGerald, S, and V. Munro "Sex Work and the Regulation of Vulnerability(ies) : Editors’ Introduction" Feminist Legal Studies 20 (1):183–188.
  • 2012 - FitzGerald, S "Vulnerable bodies, vulnerable borders : Extraterritoriality and human trafficking". Feminist Legal Studies 20.3 : 227-244.
  • 2010 - FitzGerald, S "Biopolitics and the regulation of vulnerability : The case of the female trafficked migrant". International Journal of Law in Context 6. 3 : 77-94.
  • 2009 - FitzGerald, S and A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos ‘Introduction’ of Invisible Laws, Invisible Cities. Special Issue of Griffith Law Review : A Journal for Social and Critical Legal Issues 18. 1 : 435-347.
  • 2007 - FitzGerald, S, and A. Muszynski "Negotiation Female Agency in Canada’s Red River Colony", Women’s History Review. 16 : 5 : 661-680.
  • 2007 - - FitzGerald, S, (2007) "Hybrid Identities in Canada’s Red River Colony". The Canadian Geographer. 51 : 2 : 186-201.

Chapitres d’ouvrages

  • 2018 - McGarry, K and S. FitzGerald (2018) ‘Setting the Agenda : Realising an Agenda for Change in Sex Workers’ Lives’ in FitzGerald, S and K. McGarry (eds) Realising Justice for Sex Workers : An Agenda for Change. xv-xxxv, Series on International Political Economy. London : Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • 2011 - FitzGerald, S. Introduction : ‘Identifying the Problematic : Why does Vulnerability Matter ? In Regulating the International Movement of Women : From Protection to Control. (ed) S. FitzGerald. London : Routledge, 1-8.
  • 2011 - FitzGerald, S ‘Vulnerability and Sex Trafficking in the UK’ In Regulating the International Movement of Women : From Protection to Control. (ed) S. FitzGerald. London : Routledge, 154-174.
  • 2010 - FitzGerald, S ‘The Politics of the Female Trafficked Migrant : A Survey.’ In Yoke Lian- Lee (ed) The Politics of Gender. London : Routledge, 101-113.
  • 2009 - FitzGerald, S ‘Being the Subaltern in the Twenty-First Century’. In Archana Parashar and Amita Dhanda (eds) Decolonisation of Knowledge : Whose Responsibility ?. New Delhi : University of New Delhi Press, 127-151.
  • 2008 - FitzGerald, S ‘Putting Trafficking on the Map : The Geography of Feminist Complicity’. In Vanessa Munro and Mariana Della Giusta (eds) Demanding Sex : Critical Reflections on the Regulation of Prostitution. Aldershot : Ashgate Publishing, 23-46.


Communications récentes (sélection)
  • 2022 - FitzGerald, S. ‘Evidence, Consent and the “Meaning” of Rape’ : Special two-day conference organised by the LEX-VAWGRN. 10-11 November. University of Liverpool, , the UK.
  • 2022 - FitzGerald, S. ‘Evidently Rape’ : Reflection on the Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases. Special two-day workshop on gender-based violence and evidence. 7-8 April 2022. Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain
  • 2022 - FitzGerald, S. Discussant on Special Panel on Gender-Based Violence. Law and Society Association Annual Conference, 13-16 July. Lisbon University, Portugal.
Communications récentes en tant qu’invitée (sélection)
  • 2022 - Invited Discussant for a Specially Convened Panel on Evidence, Meaning and Rape. Law and Society Conference, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2022 - Invited Discussant for Specially Convened Roundtable on Gender-Based Violence. Liverpool University, The UK
  • 2019 - Distinguished Visitor Speaker : ‘Trafficked Women’s Self-Presentation before the German Courts’. Ashton University, The UK.
  • 2018 - Invited Speaker : ‘Analysis of national law and policies on sex work in relation to sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • 2017 - Invited Speaker : ‘Performativity, Self-Presentation and Trafficked Women’s Testimony in the German Courts’. Socio-Legal Research Cluster. School of Law, University of Leicester, The UK.
  • 2017 - Keynote Speaker : ‘Politiken der Reproduktion – Politics of Reproduction’. Gender Studies conference. Hannover, Germany.

Responsabilités scientifiques

  • 2020 to date - Executive Director of the international Law, Gender and Sexuality (LEX)
  • 2018 - Distinguished Scholar at Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture connected to the Gender, Sexualities and the Body stream and the Migration, Ethnicity and Diversity stream.
    Ashton University, The UK
  • 2017 - Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Rights, Recognition and Redistribution,
    Maynooth University, Ireland


- Contemporary Social Theory
- Classical Sociological Theory
- Migration and Development
- Gender and Society
- Gender-Based Violence
- The Sociology of Law
- Masters Seminar
- PhD Dissertation
- Research Methods

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