- Lauren Wilks
- School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
- L.Wilks @ sms.ed.ac.uk
- Research Interests
- Domestic labour, care, gender, class, social inequality, migration, mobility, commuting, family and personal relationships, South Asia
Domestic Work and Daily Commuting in West Bengal, India (working title)
Funded by the ESRC, my research explores the everyday lives and experiences of domestic workers who commute to and from the city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in eastern India.
2011. 'Missionary medicine & the "separatist tradition": an analysis of the missionary encounter with leprosy in late nineteenth-century India,' Social Scientist, 39 (5-6): 48-66.
2017. Book review of Samita Sen and Nilanjana Sengupta’s Domestic Days: Women, Work, and Politics in Contemporary Kolkata (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), Contemporary South Asia, 25 (1): 110-111.
2016. Book review of Svati P. Shah's Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), Sociology, 50 (4): 825-829.
I have written about my research interests for various media publications, including Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Huffington Post, The Observer, and The Guardian.
2015. 'The Indian Elite Has a Toilet Problem it Doesn't Want to See,' with Joyeeta Dey. The Wire. 2 December.
2015. 'India's Domestic Workers Need a Break.' The Guardian. 10 June.
2014. 'World Cup 2014: Is Brazil's Sex Industry Crackdown a Threat to Human Rights?' for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The Guardian. 14 February.
More here: www.laurenwilks.wordpress.com
2016. ‘Everyday Violence and Resistance in the Personal Lives of Women Engaged in Daily Commuting and Domestic Work in West Bengal, India.’ Modern Matters: Negotiating the Future in Everyday Life in South Asia, 20-22 September, Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET), University of Lund.
2016. ‘Madhobi and Kobita: A Discussion of ‘Honour’ and Violence in the Personal Lives of Women Domestic Workers in West Bengal.’ Annual Meeting of the South Asia Anthropologists’ Group (SAAG), 12-13 September, Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL).
2015. ‘Gender, Migration, and Domestic Work in West Bengal, India.’ (En)gendering Migration: Narratives from South Asia and Beyond, 20 February, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK).
2013. ‘Forced Marriage in Scotland: Contesting Cultural Narratives and Reconceptualising Agency.’ New Directions, 18 April, University of Edinburgh.
Research Projects & Experience
2014. Policy Assistant at the Carnegie UK Trust, Dunfermline
2011- 2012. Historical Research Assistant at the Carnegie UK Trust, Dunfermline
2011. Research Assistant at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh (under the supervision of Professor Crispin Bates)
2016/17. 'Sociology 1B' (SCIL08005), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.
2016 to present. Committee Member of the SSPS PGT Peer Mentoring Scheme, a new initiative in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.
2014. Editor at Routes, a collaborative blog based at the University of Edinburgh.
2014. Contributor/panelist at the Innovative Learning Week event, 'Understanding and Working with the Media' (20 February), University of Edinburgh
2014. English Language Tutor at The Welcoming Association
2013. Student Fellow at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
2012-2013. Assistant Editor at The South Asianist
Grants & Awards
2012-2016. 1 + 3 Award, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
2015. Tweedie Exploration Fellowship, University of Edinburgh
2013. Amnesty International Student Human Rights Reporter Award, Amnesty International UK in partnership with NUS, the Observer and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
2011. Annabella Kirkpatrick Prize Scholarship in History, University of Edinburgh
2011. Rafe Bullick Scholarship, University of Edinburgh
2013. MSc by Research in Sociology, University of Edinburgh (Distinction)
2011. MA (Hons) in History, University of Edinburgh (First Class)