Lauren Wilks is a researcher and writer, specializing in gender and migration. Originally from West Yorkshire, UK, she is currently based at the University of Edinburgh where she is completing a PhD in sociology, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Lauren has an MA in history and an MSc by research in sociology, both from the University of Edinburgh. She also studied at Delhi University as part of her undergraduate degree.
Lauren has been fortunate to work with several third sector organizations, both in the UK and abroad, including the British Red Cross, Carnegie UK Trust and Seva Mandir — a grassroots NGO in southern Rajasthan, India. Most recently, she volunteered with the Scottish Refugee Council on a project aimed at supporting and empowering refugee women.
In 2013 Lauren won the Amnesty International Student Human Rights Reporter award for an article on forced marriage, which was subsequently published in the Observer. She has also served as Assistant Editor of the student-run journal, The South Asianist. Her academic work has been published in the Social Scientist.
Lauren is a 2013 Pulitzer Center Student Fellow selected by Amnesty International.