Oana Burcu

Rights Lab Senior Research Fellow in Global Regulations and Labour Exploitation


Dr. Oana Burcu (Sociology and Social Policy) works as part of the Rights Lab's Communities and Society Programme, and its Law and Policy Programme. Her focus is the patterns, causes and consequences of human trafficking, with a particular focus on the vulnerability of migrants to trafficking. Her current projects with the Rights Lab include work to develop local profiles for trafficking, understand trafficking from particular countries into the UK, analyse trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, and understand patterns of trafficking and labour exploitation of Romanian workers in the UK and Europe. Her expertise also includes diaspora communities in the UK, ethnicity, security and nationalism. Her research background is in area studies, with a focus on Asia.

Research Projects

Reducing the Risks of Exploitation for Romanian and Bulgarian Labour Migrants after Covid-19

The EU Legal Framework on Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

The Intersectionality of Undocumented Workers and Unregulated Labour Markets among Venezuelan Migrants in Chile During Covid-19


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