Faculty of Graduate Studies presents: The Graduate Student Research Series – January Feature
The Faculty of Graduate Studies recently launched the Graduate Student Research Series. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, this is a great opportunity for the AU community (and beyond) to hear about how our students are transforming lives and transforming communities.
February’s featured student is Christopher Rudan. Christopher is in his second year in the Master of Counselling program at AU, and is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Degree Program, majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies at Queen’s University. Christopher has previously worked with developmentally/intellectually/physically challenged individuals in various capacities, and was formerly a faculty representative with AUGSA. Christopher has written on the experiences of the Hijra (MtF) population in India, and the experience of being queer as an Asian-Canadian with a physical disability.
Christopher’s research is titled, “Transgender MtF (male-to-female) Youth and the Sex Industry: Determinants and Risks.”
As demand and supply for sex work is on the rise, facilitated by economic growth, the internet and changing sexual attitudes, there is an increasing necessity to address the needs of those employed in the sex industry. Although scholarship has focused on the sale of sex by cisgender women to cisgender men, research on queer sex work is rarely treated as a substantive scholarly pursuit, and to an even lesser extent when concerned with the sex work of transgender individuals.
Read the full abstract here.