PLRI People

These are some of the people that founded PLRI.

1. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University UK

Kate Hawkins

 Kate has worked with multilaterals, bilateral donors, researchers and the non-governmental sector on sexuality policy related issues. In recent years she has had more of a focus on research communications and the process by which evidence is translated into policy and practice.

Susie Jolly

Susie Jolly convened the Sexuality and Development Programme in the Participation, Power and Social Change team in the IDS. Together with Andrea Cornwall edited  'Sexuality Matters' IDS Bulletin (with Andrea Cornwall) and of the 'Gender and Sexuality' Cutting Edge Pack (with Pinar Ilkkaracan and Emily Esplen).  Susie lives in Beijing.

Jerker Edstrom

Jerker Edstrom has had a 20 year career in international development focused on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, children and gender in a range of eight development organisations (International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Sida, UN/DIESA, UNV, Unicef, IPPF, IDS and Africa Now). He has worked in over 20 developing countries, including field research in Cambodia, Haiti, Malawi and Mongolia.   .

Dr Jo Doezema

Jo Doezema is the author of several articles on sex work and the landmark book Global Sex Workers that have had an important influence on contemporary thinking about sex work particularly in the context of mobility.

Professor Andrea Cornwall

Dr Cornwall is a social anthropologist specialising in the anthropology of participation and democracy, masculinities, women's empowerment and women's rights, and sexualities. 

2. The Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM), India

Meena Seshu

Meena Seshu has over 20 year experience of working with marginalized populations through grassroots rights-based organizations in Karnataka and Maharashtra, particularly with people in sex work, on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women (VAW), poverty alleviation, gender and sexual minority rights. She has 5 years experience with global VAW and sex workers rights movements.  

Dr Rohini Sahini

Dr Sahini is an economist with over twenty years of experience in research and post-graduate teaching of gender studies, role of education, culture and globalization. In the area of sex work, she has been actively researching the implications of the ‘sex-as-work’ paradigm in a developing country like India to understand the economic and cultural dimensions of prostitution in India. She has co-edited a book on sex-work in India, one of the first pan-India efforts on understanding the heterogeneity of the profession in the Indian context. 

3. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects, UK

Ruth Morgan Thomas

Ruth Morgan Thomas has been involved in the sex industry for almost 30 years, 8 years as a sex worker, 2 ½ years as an academic researcher at Edinburgh University looking at HIV related risks in the sex industry and 20 years as  manager of SCOT-PEP, a sex work project set up in 1989. She is currently director of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) .

Andrew Hunter. NSWP President.

Andrew Hunter became interested in sex workers rights while a university student. He became a volunteer at the Prostitutes Collective in Melbourne in the late 80's and later worked as a consultant with the International Aids Alliance before gaining his current position as co-ordinator of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers based in Bangkok.

4. The Michael Kirby Centre for Public health and Human  Rights, Monash University Medical School, Australia 

Bebe Loff

Associate Porfessor Dr Bebe Loff is a distinguished medical ethicist specializing in public health. She has provided support to sex worker self organising since the 1970's.

Cheryl Overs

Cheryl Overs is a sex worker rights activist from Australia. She was a founder and first director of the Prostitutes Collective of Victoria (PCV); the Australian national sex workers network (Scarlet Alliance) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. Since 1999 Cheryl has worked in HIV prevention and care programmes for male, female and transgender sex workers in developing countries and supported local activists in more than 20 developing countries.