Nikita Simpson (2011)

In 2011 Nikita received the MLC School Prize for the highest university admissions rank. She went on to complete a degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, UK and is now a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nikita’s particular area of interest is in advocating for women’s rights across the globe. She has worked in Kathmandu, Nepal and Himachal Pradesh, India. 

Her undergraduate thesis was titled '“That doesn’t happen here”: Sexual Violence and Female Agency in a Village in Himachal Pradesh, India’ for which she was awarded a Class 1 with distinction. Her PhD involves her conducting ethnographic research in Himachal Pradesh, India on the impact of politico-economic change on women’s mental health.

Nikita focusses her research on on women’s rights and the law in contemporary India and the dissonance between the government’s rhetoric and the reality when it comes to India’s female poor. India accounts for a quarter of the world’s maternal deaths and is home to one third of the world’s poor. She has interviewed public health experts, district attorneys, judges, superintendents of police and district commissioners and will explore why, while they speak of the empowerment of women as a top priority, they lack the will to make a difference on the ground.

Nikita also currently works at the SHM Foundation (a London-based charity that works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts) on their Mental Health program, and is an editor of Kings Review.

Nikita spoke at the 2015 MLC School Prefects’ Awards Ceremony to welcome the 2015 Prefects to their roles as leaders in the school. ‘Foster leadership as a practice of constant self-reflection and humility,’ she told the girls. ‘Think wildly beyond your comfort zone, with compassion and courage… walk in the light of others and allow others to walk in your light’.