Winner: Harshita Sinha, Department of International Development
Harshita's winning written pitch: The Indispensable Work and the Invisible Workers: undocumented Bangladeshi women immigrants in the Indian informal economy
The judges said: "Not only has this student shown a great amount of reflexivity as a citizen and as an academic, but she has done a great job in documenting and communicating very succinctly the research she conducted to reach her conclusions. In turn, these conclusions point to a subtle appreciation of the complex dynamics involved in translocational positions. Finally, Harshita’s research has the potential to make the world a better place (our first selection criteria) by forcing us to pay attention to a phenomenon that affects several thousands of individuals and thanks to the impact it could have in terms of empowering these marginalised women."
Yi-Ju Chen, Department of Law for Defeating Goliath with his own sword: sue corporations for human rights violation
Fikayo Adebajo, Department of Sociology for Ayesha - Eight Months Pregnant
Claudine Provencher, Head of LSE LIFE
Marie-Claude Gervais, a leading expert on diversity and inclusion. She was a Lecturer at LSE, teaching both Social Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods for seven years before co-founding one of the UK’s most successful agencies specialising in research with people from minority ethnic backgrounds
The LSE LIFE prize was selected from shortlisted submissions from undergraduate and Master’s students and students who graduated in July or December 2018.
- Making the ‘world’ a better place: How well does the submission offer knowledge that could contribute to a change for the better for a community, big or small?
- Communication: How well does the submission use written and/or visual forms of communication to interact with the Festival audience in a way that is clear and coherent?
- Creativity: How well does the submission demonstrate inventive or unique ways of thinking and/or offer alternative perspectives?
- Self-Understanding: How well does the submission demonstrate researcher self-awareness and reflexivity?