Dr Natalie HammondSenior Lecturer

I am interested in the everyday aspect of, and socio-cultural environments in which, people are living out their lives as sexual and gendered beings. My main research interests are:
  • Sexuality and gender specifically commercial sex, sexual citizenship, sexual health, sex and health, HIV/AIDS
  • The body, bodies and health
  • ICT, digital media and online worlds
  • Research methods and methodology especially innovative methods, researching challenging topics and ethics

I have one foot firmly in health care practice; in a voluntary capacity I take part in sexual health promotion for Sexual Health Sheffield (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals). I am involved in activities such as condom distribution and delivering information in local communities. Prior to entering academia, I worked as a support worker for Sheffield Care Trust for 3 years supporting clients experiencing metal health problems in clinical and community settings.

I am a member of an EU-funded network COST Action IS1209 – 'Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance' (ProsPol). This is supported by the EU RTD Framework Programme. The aim of ProsPol, is to exchange, enhance and compare knowledge about prostitution policies across Europe. I am a member of Working Group 3 Sex, Money & Society.

My research operates at the intersection between academia, policy and practice. As part of the Phoenix Project: Surviving cancer, I have been involved in a number of public engagement events. We have exhibited art work developed during this project at a number of events which are open to the public and we have submitted an application to the Engage 2014 Public Engagement Competition to allow us to continue this public engagement work. We have been invited to speak and exhibit our work at a number of events including The Festival of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (University of Sheffield) and the international healthcare practitioner focused Late Effects in Cancer Survivors 5th biennial meeting. I was awarded funds to hold an ESRC Festival of Social Science event. I developed this bid individually and organised the event which offered research training, based on feminist principles to local third sector organisations. I organised for staff from across the Social Science faculty to deliver sessions using their research as a teaching tool.

Research Interests

I enjoy working collaboratively and I am currently co-investigator on 3 interdisciplinary, cross faculty research projects with colleagues at different institutions.

Funded Research Projects

British Academy Small Grant 'Women who pay for sex', Award holders: Dr Sarah Kingston (Lancaster University) and Dr Natalie Hammond, £10,000 (joint PI)

This project seeks to explore women who pay for sex in the UK. This project asks questions about motivations for paying for sex; how physical and sexual health and safety are negotiated and how the gendering of increased criminalisation of paid-for sex is experienced.

Sheffield University Crucible. 'The Condoms of Tomorrow: An exploratory study using materials and social science to enhance & improve the use of lifesaving contraceptives', Award Holders: Dr Natalie Hammond and Dr Andrew Parnell, December 2012 – June 2014, £8,295 (joint PI)

This is a cross-faculty project combining materials science (Dr Andrew Parnell, University of Sheffield) and social science (Dr Natalie Hammond, MMU) to explore how condoms and other female led approaches to the transmission of sexual diseases and contraception can be improved focusing on the materials these products are made from.

Sheffield University Crucible 'The Phoenix Project: Surviving Cancer', Award Holders: Dr Andrew Chantry, Dr Natalie Hammond, Dr Mathew Cheeseman and Dr Alex Peng, December 2012 – January 2014, £9,987 (joint PI)

This project brings together an interdisciplinary research team (Dr Andrew Chantry, Medicine, Dr Alex Peng, Information Systems, Dr Matt Cheeseman, English - all University of Sheffield - and Dr Natalie Hammond, MMU, Sociology) working to ascertain the unmet sexuality, sexual health and relationship needs of cancer survivors and to explore how these unmet needs can be supported using innovative digital and visual means. We were awarded NHS ethics approval and conducted interviews with cancer survivors around sexual wellbeing. Working alongside the Graphic Medicine community, we have transformed these narratives into visual materials, which are hosted on a website we developed. We have taken part in a number of public engagement events at which we exhibit the art work produced.

ESRC Festival of Social Science (2011) Feminist Principles Research Methods Training for the 3rd Sector, Award holder: Natalie Hammond, November 2011, £500 (PI)

In addition to the above, there was also my ESRC-funded PhD titled Paying for Sex: a socio-cultural exploration of men who engage in sexual commerce. This explored the social and cultural landscape in which men buy and women sell sex. Focusing on relationships and sexuality, it attends to the broader cultural formations of heterosexual male identities in contemporary sexual culture.

Editorships and Consultancies

Guest editor (with Attwood) of "Special Issue: The Cultural Study of Commercial Sex", Social Policy and Society, 14(1), due for publication in 2015

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

Hammond, N. (2010) "Tackling Taboos: men who pay for sex and the emotional researcher" in Sanders, T., Kingston, S. and Hardy, K. (eds) New Sociologies of Sex Work. Surrey; Ashgate, 59-74

Journal Articles

Hammond, N. (in press) "Paying for sex, policy and the state: Resisting the regulation of commercial sex", Social Policy and Society, 14(1)

Attwood, F and Hammond, N. (in press) "The Cultural Study of Commercial Sex: Taking a policy perspective", Social Policy and Society, 14(1)

Hammond, N. (in press) "Cultural Study of Commercial Sex: Some useful resources", Social Policy and Society, 14(1)

Hammond, N. and Kingston, S. (2014) "Experiencing Stigma as Sex Work Researchers in Professional and Personal lives", Sexualities, 17(3): 329-347

Conference Presentations

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2014) "Sex and Surviving Cancer: the Phoenix Project", Paper presented at the Late Effects in Cancer Survivors 5th biennial meeting, University of Sheffield, 13-14 June

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2014) "The Phoenix Project Art Exhibition", Late Effects in Cancer Survivors 5th biennial meeting, University of Sheffield, 13-14 June

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2014) "The Phoenix Project Art Exhibition", Festival of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, University of Sheffield, 21 May

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2014) "The Phoenix Project: Surviving Cancer Art Exhibition", at the Cancer Research/ Yorkshire Cancer Research (CR-UK/YCR) Sheffield Cancer Research Centre Annual Cancer Research Forum, 28 February

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2014) "The Phoenix Project: Surviving Cancer Art Exhibition", at the Cancer Research/ Yorkshire Cancer Research (CR-UK/YCR) Sheffield Cancer Research Centre Public Lecture, 27 February

Chantry, A,. Cheeseman, M., Hammond, N. and Peng, A. (2012) "The Phoenix Project: Surviving cancer", Researchers, University of Sheffield, Sheffield

Hammond, N and Parnell, A. (2012) "The condoms of Tomorrow: Using materials science and social science to explore perceptions of the materials condoms are made from", Festival of the mind, University of Sheffield, Sheffield

Hammond, N. (2011) "ESRC Festival of Social Science. Research Methods Traning for the Third Sector", University of Sheffield

Current Teaching Input

Inspired by the John Dewey and Paulo Freire, I believe that education is social, interactive and emancipatory. I emphasise how teaching and learning should be a partnership with interactive dialogue between tutor and students and between students themselves, rather than a one way process in which the tutor conveys content. I aim for my teaching to transform students thinking and not simply transmit knowledge. I encourage students to learn through doing, allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning and guiding them to become independent, reflective critical learners. Thus, inquiry-based learning, participatory approaches and inclusivity are central to my teaching. Within the wider context of teaching and learning in Higher Education, I am interested in creative and innovative methods of assessment; the use and role of learning technologies; and the role of Higher Education in relation to realising human/civil rights and raising social consciousness. I am committed to teaching excellence and am engaged with the process of how to make my teaching more effective and inspiring. To this end I am working towards a Masters in Education Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

I currently teach on a range of units:

  • Social Policy for Contemporary Social Issues
  • Social Care: Community, work and families
  • Medical Technologies - The Body as a Project

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing

Department

Department of Social Care & Social Work
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2097

Email: n.hammond@mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @thenataliejane