ESRC DTP PhD Student and Rights Lab Research Associate,
Amelia Watkins-Smith is a PhD student researching the trafficking of women and girls from Myanmar to China for the purpose of forced marriage and childbearing. She holds an ESRC DTP Studentship for this work and is supervised by Professor Kevin Bales and Dr Helen McCabe. The full project details are available on the UKRI website here.
Amelia also holds an MA in Social Science Research (Distinction), MA in Slavery and Liberation (Distinction), and BA in Social Policy and Sociology (First Class) from the University of Nottingham. She graduated top of her year at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Amelia was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Medal for her work directing the Rights Lab's Reading Programme, engaging over 20,000 people in learning activities about modern slavery. She developed this into a research project, collaborating with the Modern Slavery Working Group to generate a 'Slavery-Free Campus Blueprint' that is now being implemented across the University. The full report is available here. She continues to work part-time as a research associate in the Rights Lab (University Beacon of Excellence).
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