Clare Hawkes

Area and Development Studies

PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
School of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Children at work: what working children in Dhaka say about child labour

My PhD is an ethnographic study, conducted in a slum area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I aim to generate accounts of working children’s lives from their perspectives and an understanding of the web of relations that shapes their lives. My study explores children’s understanding of terms such as ‘freedom’ and ‘decent work,’ terms which frame child labour policy. My project is nested in an FCDO-funded research programme, Child Labour Action Research Innovation in South and South East Asia ( which seeks to reduce the most exploitative forms of child labour. I work closely with consortium partners in the UK and Bangladesh.

Research supervisors: Professor Joe Devine, Dr Neil Howard