Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

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Naomi Lott

PhD Candidate (ESRC Funded), Faculty of Social Sciences



Naomi Lott is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Law at The University of Nottingham. She graduated with a BScEcon (Hons) in International Politics and The Third World from Abersytwyth University in 2012. For her undergraduate dissertation, Naomi conducted research into human trafficking, the London 2012 Olympics and the impact of anti-trafficking campaigns and Christian organisations. Naomi then continued her education at The University of Nottingham where she received an LLM in Human Rights Law (Merit) in 2013. Her dissertation for the LLM explored the legal definitions of slavery, human trafficking and modern slavery within England and Wales.

After completing her LLM, Naomi received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to study for a MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research (Merit). Her dissertation for the MA explored Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, examining the definition of the right to play.

In 2011, Naomi worked as a Policy Intern for Christian Action Research and Education. In 2013, Naomi completed the Rights of the Child summer school at the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham.

Supervisors: Professor Aoife Nolan and Professor David Fraser

Funding: Her research continues to be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

From February 2017, Naomi was employed as a Research Associate, Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, to assist in data gathering for the next Global Slavery Index. This project was in partnership with the Walk Free Foundation.

Research Summary

PhD Working Title: Making the right to play real through incorporation and implementation

Naomi's research focuses on the child's right to play and its implementation and incorporation within the national context. Her research explores the importance of play for children's development, the challenges facing a child's full enjoyment of the right to play, the legal background for the right to play, and the way in which governments have and continue to implement and incorporate the right. It will highlight elements of best practice, areas in need of further support, and recommendations for continued and improved implementation and incorporation of the right to play. Her case studies will be Tanzania and the United Kingdom.

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