Hilary Caldwell

Postgraduate Research

Research Areas: Sexuality, Health & Education, HIV & Sexual Health Risk & Risk Reduction

Research Topic: Women who buy sex in Australia: From social representations to lived experiences
Supervisors: Prof John de Wit, Dr Philippe Adam

Hilary gained an MHlthSci in Sexual Health and an MAppSc from Sydney University. She commenced her PhD at CSRH in 2012.

Research summary

The available evidence suggests that it is becoming more common for women to buy sex and to disclose this, which challenges current epistemological and disciplinary notions regarding people who buy and sell sex. Hilary’s research will aim to explore the phenomenon of women buying sex from contemporary social discourse to the experiences of women who buy sex including how they construct their transactions in terms of their perceptions of female gender, status and power. Using a feminist approach with qualitative methods, this research hopes to characterise female use of commercial sexual services and to begin evidence based discussion and new theoretical arguments about gender roles and buying sex.

Publications

Oral presentations

Caldwell, H., Hossain, S. Z., & de Wit, J. (2012, October). Long-term clients who access commercial sexual services in Australia: Dissociating from stereotypes. Paper presented at the ASSERT National 2012 Conference, Melbourne.

Caldwell, H., Hossain, S. Z., & de Wit, J. (2012, April). Long-term clients who access commercial sexual services in Australia. Paper presented at the 12th Social Research Conference on HIV, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Sydney.

Caldwell, H. (2011, September). Purchasing sex: describing the lived experiences of men who buy sex in Australia through client narrative—results. Paper presented at the Australian National University Sociology Seminar Series, Canberra.

Caldwell, H., Birch, P., & Hossain, S. Z. (2011, February). Purchasing sex: describing the lived experiences of men who buy sex in Australia through client narrative—preliminary results. Paper presented at the Culture, Media and Desire Conference, Brisbane.

Caldwell, H. (2010, September). Purchasing sex: describing the lived experiences of men who buy sex in Australia through client narrative—methods. Paper presented at the Australian National University Sociology Seminar Series, Canberra.

Caldwell, H. (2009, November). The effects of commercial sexual services on clients. Paper presented at the Annual Australian Postgraduate Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, November 2009.

Poster presentations

Caldwell, H., & Hossain, S. Z. (2011, September). Self-perceptions of male clients of the Australian sex industry: how they place themselves politically and their position within the context of the sexual contract. Poster presentation at the 2011 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra.
Caldwell, H.., & Hossain, S. Z. (2011, June). Purchasing sex: describing the lived experiences of men who buy sex in Australia through client narrative. Poster presentation at the 20th World Congress for Sexual Health, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Caldwell, H., Hossain, S. Z., & de Wit, J. (2012, October). Money in commercial sex: generosity of entitlement? Poster presentation at the 13th IUSTI World Congress, Melbourne.