Dr Larissa Sandy is an anthropologist whose work focuses on gender, sexuality and culture in Southeast Asia. She is a lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies, and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology at RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Larissa was a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University between 2012 and 2014, with her project exploring the implementation of Cambodia’s 2008 Human Trafficking Law. She was previously an analyst on the Trafficking in Persons project at the Australian Institute of Criminology and a Research Fellow on the International HIV program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe.
In 2013, Larissa was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers at Flinders University.
Larissa’s current project focuses on the effects of human trafficking laws and interventions for male and female sex workers and entertainment workers in Cambodia. Her project is exploring the consequences of measures introduced under anti-trafficking laws that include the criminalisation of sex work and brothel raids, sex worker rescues and forced rehabilitation. Her work has also documented how these new laws have irrevocably changed the nature and landscape of sex work in Cambodia.
Her previous projects have explored women’s experiences of sex work and the complex issues surrounding agency and sex work in Cambodia; drug use and HIV risk in Indonesia; and intimate partner homicide in Australia.
2012–2014 Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Flinders University.
Larissa’s research interests and areas of supervision include:
Sexualities; sex work; critical trafficking studies; contract labour, indenture and unfree labour; globalisation and migration; social aspects of the HIV epidemic; gender and development; applied anthropology; Southeast Asian ethnography and social history; gender, sexuality and biological and social reproduction, sexual violence; intimate partner violence; hate crimes.
Professional links and associations
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
BA(Hons, First Class), Curtin
- Sandy, L. (2018). Human trafficking on the global periphery: A terrible spectacle In: The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom
- Powell, A.,Sandy, L.,Findling, J. (2015). Promising practices in workplace and organisational approaches for the prevention of violence against women In: OurWatch Melbourne, Australia
- Sandy, L. (2014). Women and sex work in Cambodia: Blood, sweat and tears, Routledge, New York, United States
- Sandy, L. (2013). International agendas and sex worker rights in Cambodia In: Social Activism in South East Asia, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- Sandy, L. (2012). International politics, anti-trafficking measures and sex work in Cambodia In: Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Critical Perspectives, Routledge, Oxon, UK
- Sandy, L. (2009). 'Behind closed doors': Debt-bonded sex workers in Sihanoukville, Cambodia In: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10, 216 - 230
- Travel grant to attend the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropology Association, Washington DC, USA, 3-7 December 2014.. Funded by: Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant 2014 Round 1 from (2014 to 2014)
3 PhD Current Supervisions