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Building new collaborations in modern slavery research

Anti-Slavery Day networking event to develop new partnerships in modern slavery research.

Monday, 19 October 2020, 2-4pm.

We at the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre want to mark our first Anti-Slavery Day by building new partnerships against modern slavery.

Collaboration is crucial for the Modern Slavery PEC. Indeed, we require academics and non-academic partners to collaborate in order to be able to apply for funding for research projects.

This event will create a platform for academics, activists, survivors, lawyers, business representatives and many others to talk directly to colleagues from different areas of anti-slavery work about ideas and potential research projects that the Modern Slavery PEC could fund.

Below is the full programme of the event:

  • Welcome by Modern Slavery PEC Director Murray Hunt
  • Speech by the Independent Commissioner for Aid Impact Hugh Bayley on findings from his report on UK aid spending
  • Alex Balch to present early findings from the Modern Slavery PEC research priorities consultation
  • Minh Dang of Survivor Alliance: involving survivors in research
  • Anne Sofield (AHRC) will present on formal requirements of the proposals, with Q&A at the end.
  • Speech by the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton on improving the impact of modern slavery research on policy and practice
  • Murray Hunt directs people to breakouts, invites to rejoin for plenary and networking at 4.45pm for closing remarks
  • 15.00: Four break-out sessions around four research pillars:
  • Presentation by members of a research team from one of PEC research projects, focusing on how the collaboration has worked both for submitting the proposal and the project itself (5mins).
  • Dr Katarina Schwarz (the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham) - preventing modern slavery
  • Dr Alicia Kidd (Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull) - understanding survivor needs and enhancing support
  • Irene Pietropaoli (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law) - modern slavery in business supply chains
  • Dr Samantha Currie (School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool) - effectiveness of legal enforcement measures.
  • Presentations by attendees on their work and ideas for research, with proposals submitted in advance.
  • Facilitated discussion on each research area. Open questions from the chat and by video. Invitation to stay after the official part is finished for networking.
  • 15.45: Return to the plenary. Murray Hunt to give thanks and invitation to private chats and break out rooms for networking.
  • Digital platform to stay open for participants for networking.

There will be an opportunity to network directly with all the participants.

Please register for free via our Eventbrite page and share our event with colleagues who might be interested in attending.

We hope you can join us for this Anti-Slavery Day and begin building new partnerships that will help us create a world where people are protected from modern slavery through effective, evidence-based policies.


Join the Modern Slavery PEC Google Group

To continue building connections in the work against modern slavery beyond the event, we have found an email group - join it here.