Dr Billie Lister is a Senior Researcher in the Crime and Justice team.
Billie specialises in qualitative research with particular expertise in researching sensitive issues and vulnerable groups, such as sex workers, their clients and welfare claimants. She has conducted research on the effects of legislation on the indoor and outdoor sex industries from the perspective of workers and led a longitudinal study in Scotland looking at the impact of welfare benefit reform on claimants. She is interested in innovative qualitative research methods such as participatory action research, walking interviews and ethnography.
Before joining NatCen in 2019, Billie lectured in Criminology at the University of Hull and prior to that, Leeds Beckett University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Ph.D in Sociology and Social Policy, an MSc in Applied Social Research and a BA (Hons) in Criminology and Sociology, all awarded from the University of Stirling.