Runa Lazzarino started investigating human trafficking and post-slavery life in 2010. Her current interests revolve around global mental health, human trafficking/modern slavery, vulnerable migrants, personal recovery, sexual well-being, and mixed-method interventions.
Runa obtained her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Milano-Bicocca in 2015. In her doctorate project she conducted a multi-country ethnography (Northern Vietnam, Central West Brazil, and Nepal) concentrating on the recovery and reintegration phase of human trafficking survivors and adopting a multi-stakeholders perspective.Subsequently, Runa has been research fellow within the Care and Custody Lever (CCL) of the Rights Lab, a Beacon of Excellence of the University of Nottingham. Previously, she was visiting fellow at UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and research associate within the project SEATIDE - Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (EC 7th FP). Runa has also experience as consultant in psycho-social interventions, projects' M&E and management.