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Katy is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology and Policy Department. She joined Aston University in September 2013 as a Lecturer in Sociology. Prior to joining Aston, Katy held research positions in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University, and the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. Katy has undertaken research projects relating to erotic dance; sex work; creative pedagogies; and ageing and everyday life. Her two most recent projects include a BA/Leverhulme-funded project entitled ‘Empowering Pleasures? ‘Sexual’ Leisure Spaces For Women’, and research into the sexual health needs of ‘online’ sex workers in Birmingham for University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Katy’s research monograph Erotic Performance and Spectatorship: New Frontiers in Erotic Dance was published in 2017 (Routledge), and she co-edited Queer Sex Work in 2015 (Routledge), which brings together insights from sex workers, academics, practitioners and activists. 

Teaching Activity

Katy usually teaches on the following modules:

  • Embodiment and Feminist Theory
  • Bodies, Power and Resistance
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research (PhD training)

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Sexualities
  • Embodiment
  • Work and Employment Relations
  • Ageing
  • Sex Work
  • Leisure Spaces and Night-time Economies
  • Visual Methods
  • Creative Pedagogies


  • Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education, with Distinction, Aston University (2015, HEA Fellowship).
  • PhD Sociology (ESRC Funded), University of Warwick (2012).
  • MA Social Research, with Distinction (ESRC Funded), University of Warwick (2008).
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, with First Class Honours, University of Warwick (2007).

Contact Details

Room:  MB740a
Phone: 0121 204 3599

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Research Output 2007 2020

Forever ‘becoming’? Negotiating gendered and ageing embodiment in everyday life

Pilcher, K. & Martin, W., 19 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sociological research online.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

everyday life
narrative interview

Pregnancy prevention and contraceptive preferences of online sex workers in the UK

Lowe, P., Pilcher, K., Pattison, H. M., Whittaker, V., Robertson, C. & Ross, J., 2 Nov 2019, In : The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care . 24, 6, p. 444-448 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
qualitative interview

Visual representations of digital connectivity in everyday life

Martin, W. & Pilcher, K., 2017, Human aspects of IT for the aged population. Applications, services and contexts: third International Conference, ITAP 2017 held as Part of HCI International 2017, proceedings, part II. Zhou, J. & Salvendy, G. (eds.). Cham (CH): Springer, p. 138-149 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 10298).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Digital devices
Information technology
Aging of materials

Erotic performance and spectatorship: new frontiers in erotic dance

Pilcher, K., 1 Nov 2016, Routledge. 196 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

gender studies


Exploring care relations in later life: disentangling notions of care and choice

Author: Locke, P., 15 Jun 2016

Supervisor: West, K. A. (Supervisor), Holland, C. A. (Supervisor) & Pilcher, K. E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy