Joana is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore, and a
member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) and the Institute for Protest and
Movement Studies Berlin (IPB). Her research examines how sex workers in Europe currently
mobilize in relation to changed prostitution politics. She is particularly interested in the political
agency and subjectivity of sex workers, the dynamics between repression and resistance, and the
use of participatory and arts-based qualitative methods within social movement studies.
Joana has attained a B.A. degree in Sociology (University of Freiburg) and a M.A. degree in
Social Sciences (University of Freiburg, University of Cape Town, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok). She has worked on issues of global inequalities, knowledge production and feminist
movements with various journals and research institutions. Since 2015, she has been involved
with sex worker grassroots organizations in Europe and Asia, and has been associated with the
German-speaking network on critical sex work research since 2016.
Research interests: contentious politics and social movements, gender, labour & sexuality, feminist & critical theory, and participatory & art-based qualitative methods
Journal Article - 2018
Monograph - 2018