Nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the area of sex trading and sex trafficking prevention, Lauren Martin is director of research at the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). She is an expert on community-engaged research methods and works to develop thriving research partnerships at UROC.
Lauren earned her doctoral degree in anthropology and historical studies from the New School for Social Research in New York, and has been conducting research with community partners since 2006.
She is the author of many community and scholarly publications and the principle investigator on research projects including most recently, Modeling Operations of Human Trafficking Networks for Effective Interdiction, Safe Harbor for All, Mapping The Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota, and the Super Bowl and sex trafficking. Additionally, she has led research on other community-relevant topics including, The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota, the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) community survey and a validation study of the NAZ Family Academy, Nice Ride Neighborhood, and more.
She is the 2016 recipient of the University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award.