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The Paulo Longo Research Initiative Introductory Powerpoint

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This presentation provides an introduction to the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI). For more information see our blog http://plri.wordpress.com/.
  • 1. The Paulo Longo Research Initiative:New directions in research and policy analysis on sex work linking scholars policy analysts andsex workers


      • Paulo Henrique Longowas a Brazilianpsychologist ,gay rights activist andsex worker . In 1990 Paulo established Programma Pegacao to provide services to male sex workers in Rio de Janeiro andadvocateon issues that affect them. In 1992 he co-founded theInternational Network of Sex Work Projectswhich he later led for three years. Paulo was passionate aboutresearch and he was well known in international forums for his eloquentcritiquesof sex work research andpolicy .


  • Collaboration of scholars, policy analysts and sex workers.
  • Core partners:
  • Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, UK
  • Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine of Monash University Medical School, Australia
  • Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM), India
  • Global Network of Sex Work Projects, UK

WHO ARE WE? 4. A DYNAMIC CONSTELLATION OF STELLAR PARTNERSHIPS Other civil society networks of advocates and NGO activistsResearch institutions and research consortiaOrganisations and networks of sex workers Corepartners Free radical associates 5. WHY DO WE EXIST?

  • Very little research into sex work
  • A great deal of the information that we rely on to understand sex work and create policy is misguided, stigmatising, not methodologically sound and unethical
  • There are significant imbalances and gaps in the knowledge available on sex work
  • Lack of methodology and agreed standards about the ethics of collecting information and producing knowledge about sex work. Generally accepted definitions of prostitution, sex work and sex workers do not exist
  • Knowledge is inaccessible and not translated into policy


  • Develop and consolidate ethical, interdisciplinary scholarship on sex work
  • Contribute to the evidence-based transformation of policy
  • Improve the knowledge available about various aspects of sex work
  • Promote and encourage programming that makes commercial sex safer and improves the lives of men, women and transgenders involved in commercial sex
  • Encourage and resource sex workers involvement in the production and consumption of knowledge


  • Initiating ethical, methodologically innovative and theory-driven collaborative research projects at global and country and local level
  • Reviewing and consolidating research methodologies and ethical frameworks
  • Innovative communications including audio-visual and web based publishing as well as more traditional publications such as books and journal publications


  • Supporting training to increase capacity for community involvement in research and policy analysis
  • Hosting seminars, conferences and web-based discussion spaces for productive dialogue between scholars, sex workers, policy analysts/makers and advocates


  • Human rights
  • Economics and development policy
  • Mobility, migration and human trafficking
  • Health, HIV and AIDS
  • Gender and sexuality


  • Start up phase
  • Finding partners
  • Sourcing funding
  • Exploring what opportunities exist


  • Website coming soon!
  • Keep up with what is new in sex work on the blog( http://plri.wordpress.com/ )
  • Sign up to our list serve and take part in discussions
  • Consider more formal partnership

Drop us a line: Email:[email_address]

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