Research Area

Social Inclusion and Health





Graduate Entry Medical School

Research Leader

Prof. Anne MacFarlane

What attracted you to the Succeed and Lead Fellowship?

There are not many interdisciplinary postdoc positions in health in Ireland – if any. It really suited my profile! I was attracted by the opportunity to undertake a post-doctoral fellowship with a strong inter-disciplinary focus. 

Research Goal

I am coordinating an interdisciplinary research team that aims to conduct arts-based participatory research on the postnatal mental health experiences of migrant and non-migrant women in Ireland.

Research Background

  • 2015-2017 Independent postdoctoral research on sex work in Soweto, South Africa, using arts-based and ethnographic methods (funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD))
  • 2014 Lead researcher for interdisciplinary study on prostitution and trafficking (funded by NI Department of Health)
  • 2008-2012 PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at Freie Universitaet Berlin, thesis on undocumented migration and health (funded by Hans-Boeckler-Foundation)

Research Expertise

Ethnography, maternal health, migrant health, undocumented migration, access to health care, sex work, sex trafficking, participatory methods

Research Impact

Health care policy and practice, criminal law. migration policies.

Selected Publications

Huschke, S. (ed.) (2017) 'Know My Story. A participatory arts-based research project.' Open access e-book. Available:

Huschke, S. (2016) 'Victims without a choice? A critical view on the debate about sex work in Northern Ireland' Sexualities Research and Social Policy, 14(2), 192-205. Available:

Huschke, S. and D. Schubotz (2016): 'Commercial Sex, Clients, and Christian Morals. Paying for Sex in Ireland' Sexualities, 19(7),  869–887. Available:

Huschke, S. (2015) 'Giving Back: Activist Research with Undocumented Migrants in Berlin, Medical Anthropology, 34(1), 54-69. Available:

Huschke, S. (2014): 'Performing Deservingness. Humanitarian Health Care Provision for Migrants in Germany', Social Science & Medicine, 120, 352-359. Available: