Lauren Wilks is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), her research explores the everyday lives and experiences of domestic workers who commute to and from the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. Lauren’s wider research interests include: gender, migration, work and labour, informal economies, mobility, commuting, emotional labour, sexuality, human rights, social inequality, feminism, identity, and intersectionality.
In 2013, Lauren was named Amnesty International Student Human Rights Reporter for an article on forced marriage, which was subsequently published in the Observer. Following this, Lauren was a Student Fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and undertook fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she researched and wrote about sex workers’ rights. She has written for various media outlets, including Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Huffington Post, the Observer and the Guardian. For more information on Lauren’s PhD research, click here. Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenWilks01