Dr Lorena Arocha

Dr Lorena Arocha

Lecturer in Contemporary Slavery

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation


Lorena first joined the Wilberforce Institute in 2018. Prior to this, Lorena worked in a number of Higher Education Institutions with very diverse student bodies and with teaching and research responsibilities. She has contributed to a very diverse range of research projects, including oral history projects with migrant communities in London and evaluations of policy and practice in sex work and trafficking in a variety of contexts. Lorena also undertook research in the third sector, such as with the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), the Diversion Scheme and the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group.


Lorena is PDR for the MA in Contemporary Slavery Studies and Critical Victimology. Lorena has taught modules on research methods, sociological ideas, migration, global inequalities, gender and sexualities, crime and deviance.

Research interests

Lorena's research interests centre on three different but interrelated themes:

* Debates in the policy and practice landscape on questions of unfree labour, trafficking and migration

* The intersection of social relations (i.e. gender) and unfree labour experiences

* Research methodologies and issues of 'voice' and ethical challenges

Lorena has conducted mixed methods, qualitative and ethnographic research in different spatial and cultural environments.

Postgraduate supervision

Lorena is interested in supervising students who work on intersections on unfree labour, gender and migration and policy and practice.