Dr Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor


MSc (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

Room: Attenborough Tower 317
Tel: +44 (0)11-6252-2820 (direct line)
Email: jst4@le.ac.uk

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MSc (Leicester), PhD (Leicester)

I am currently exploring the ways breast augmentations are consumed and commodified and the implications of this for the market for cosmetic surgery. My research has explored tensions in the medical discourses used to sell breast augmentations and examined the how the PIP implant scandal constructed women's consumption of 'boob jobs'. The Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone: Aesthetic Surgery Tourism in the UK and Australia is a recently ended two-year research project funded by the ESRC (Award Number ES/I004513/1). It brought together international researchers from the UK and Australia with expertise on the body, cosmetic surgery, sex tourism and cultural geography on a project that looks at cosmetic surgery tourism across the world. This project sets out to interview people who travel to different destinations for cosmetic surgery to examine their rationale for choosing particular destinations and gather data on their subjective experience of surgery. The project was also interested in understanding how this industry is organised and developed as part of wider global shifts in private healthcare practices.



The social class and inequalities module was one of the most interesting modules I had been taught in the two years of my Sociology degree. The lecturer was enthusiastic, was always willing to help and used a wide range of sources, such as YouTube videos and documentaries to help us grasp the concepts that the module was structured around. I really liked the way Jackie organised the assignment tasks; writing blogs and article reviews as part of the assignment was really useful as it enabled us to apply what we learned in a fun interactive way. No other module has set such creative tasks to complete, hence why most people really enjoyed studying this module and completing the work. I also want to thank the lecturer for always being available when we needed her; Jackie was extremely helpful, not only for the social class and inequalities module but also for the global sex module which she taught in the second semester. She is very passionate about what she teaches, which is evident from the good grades students achieve who take on her module. Thank you ever so much Jackie!

Mahrukh Rashid.


Current administrative duties

  • Equal Opportunities Representative
  • College and Schools Liaison Officer


My primary research interests are in the sociology of gender and sexuality with a special focus on cosmetic surgery, female sex tourism, prostitution, the sale and consumption of embodied process of self-production and medical tourism. Within these areas, I am also interested in exploring the intersections between gender, race, sexuality and empowerment.

My interests in sex tourism have led to ESRC funded research and published work on: the sexual exploitation of children within the tourist context, the informal and formal tourism sectors and the development of the informal sex industry, female sex tourism and a critique of radical feminist analysis of prostitution.

My interest in cosmetic surgery has led to ESRC funded research on cosmetic surgery tourism and to seed funding on ethnographic research to explore the market for breast augmentations in the UK. Publications from this focus on medical tourism and place, the subjective experience of patients who travel aboard for surgery and the development of cosmetic surgery tourism. The consumption of cosmetic surgery through the experience and motivations of young women who have breast augmentations and how breast augmentations have become detached from medical procedures.

Consultancy Work

  • 2013                Breast Implant Registry consultant.
  • 2003                Evaluation Report for the European Commission Directorate General Justice and Home Affairs, Daphne Initiative to combat violence against women and children
  • 2001-2005       Project evaluator for the European Commission Directorate General Justice and Home Affairs, Daphne Initiative to combat violence against women and children
  • 2001                Tourism and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, with Julia O’Connell Davidson, Stockholm: Save the Children Sweden.
  • 1998                Taking Action: Codes for Best Practice Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism. London: Thompson Tourism.
  • 1996                Child Prostitution and Sex Tourism, Research Papers 1 –6, with Julia O'Connell Davidson, Bangkok: ECPAT.


I would be able to supervise doctoral and MA students who are interested in exploring issues of race, gender and sexuality through a focus on sex tourism, sex work, cosmetic surgery and questions of embodied labour. I would be pleased to talk to anyone about prospective research projects in these areas.

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