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

Research interests

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 to explore the intersections between gender, race, sexuality and empowerment.

My interests in sex tourism has 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 analyse of prostitution.

My interests 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.

Supervision interests

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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Full listing of publications

Current research projects

I am currently exploring the ways breast augmentations are consumed and commodiified 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.

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.

Current teaching



Current admininstrative duties

  • Equal Opportunities Representative
  • College and Schools Liaison Officer
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