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Law in action: local-level and collaborative governance of prostitution in two European cities – Antwerp and Catania (dr. Anna Di Ronco)

maandag, 25 februari, 2019 - 12:30 to maandag, 25 februari, 2019 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Pleinlaan 5
5th floor, PL5.5.61 (Van Gogh-room)
Research Seminar

In many European countries, prostitution-related activities such as loitering and soliciting are highly regulated and, often, criminalised in dedicated prostitution laws and policies. Such punitive regulations are made operational at the local level, thus effectively giving local authorities the discretion on whether and to what extent to implement national prostitution policies. In the past two decades, this leeway “on the ground” has often led to arbitrary or poorly designed policy interventions; however, at least in a few European cities, it has allowed relevant stakeholders (local administrators, the police, residents’ groups, third-sector and sex workers’ associations) to establish partnerships and devise initiatives aimed at (more) effectively co-governing prostitution at the local level. These local collaborative initiatives have so far been under-studied in social, criminological and policy research. Drawing on interviews with key stakeholders, ethnographic observations in designated prostitution areas and secondary data, this paper will comparatively analyse collaborative forms of governance for the local management of prostitution in two European cities – Antwerp (Belgium) and Catania (Italy). 

 

Dr. Anna Di Ronco is visiting fellow at VUB (fellowship funded by BCUS) from January till February 2019. She is lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex (UK), holding a PhD in the same field awarded by Ghent University, with a previous background in law. Her main research interests cover: the regulation and social control of incivilities (disorder, anti-social behaviour, nuisance); the national and local regulation of prostitution; media representation of ‘deviance’, ‘deviant’ people and migrants; urban resistance in gentrified spaces; and online activism (particularly on social media and Twitter within them).