Dr Mirna Guha

Lecturer, Sociology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department:School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Sociology , Gender

Courses taught: Sociology

Mirna joined Anglia Ruskin in September 2017 after successfully defending her PhD thesis earlier in the year. She has a PhD in International Development from the University of East Anglia (UEA), and in her doctoral research, explored female sex workers’ experiences and negotiations with everyday violence in Eastern India.

Email: mirna.guha@anglia.ac.uk


Originally from India, Mirna’s research interests include gender-based violence, sex work, social justice, and social relations. This stems from her work experience within the development sector in South Asia on programme coordination of and research on anti-trafficking interventions involving at-risk youth in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In 2012, she received a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to pursue a second Masters’ in Gender and International Development at the University of Warwick in 2012, after which she received a fully-funded postgraduate international studentship to start her doctoral studies at UEA. Her Master’s dissertation explored the experiences of male asylum seekers in the UK, which grew out of her time as a Volunteer Frontline Caseworker at a refugee centre in Coventry.

Prior to joining ARU, Mirna worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. The research explored how Muslims living in London perceive and experience police counter-terrorism experiences. She is particularly interested in researching how BAME (Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic) communities in the UK perceive and form relations with state actors through intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion.

At ARU, Mirna teaches modules on feminist theory and practice, and the sociological study of sexuality and social control. She also supervises BA dissertations on topics related to gender, sexuality, and feminism.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Bengali
  • Hindi

Research interests

  • Gendered inequalities
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Race, Identity, and Social Relations
  • Gender-based violence
  • Sex work
  • Social justice


Modules taught:
  • Feminist Theory and Practice (Level 6) 
  • Comparing Social Lives (Level 4) 
  • Sexuality and Social Control (Level 6)


  • BA, English (Hons), Jadavpur University, India
  • MA, English, Jadavpur University, India
  • MA, Gender and International Development. University of Warwick
  • PhD, International Development. University of East Anglia

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Development Studies Association
  • Member, British Association of South Asian Studies
  • Member, Sex Work Research Hub

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • December 2015. Consultant, Hummingbird Trust (London). Commissioned to prepare a learning paper on a review of anti-trafficking interventions to inform strategic programming in South Asia.

Selected recent publications

Guha, Mirna (2018). 'Disrupting the 'life-cycle' of violence in social relations: recommendations for anti-trafficking interventions from an analysis of pathways out of sex work for women in Eastern India', Gender & Development, 26:1, 53-69, DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2018.1429098. Open access version.

Guha. M (2015). Review of 'Hashim, I. and Thorsen, D. 2011: Child Migration in Africa. London: Zed Books in Progress in Development Studies 15(2).