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People

Meet the Modern Slavery PEC team, our Senior Management Board, Advisory Group and researchers working on our projects.

Meet the people responsible for the Modern Slavery PEC's day to day work.

The Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board (SMB) comprises representatives of the six Consortium partners of the Centre, the Centre’s Research Director, the Operations Director, and the AHRC’s Senior Responsible Officer. The SMB is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy of the Centre.

Advisory Group offers advice and guidance to the Senior Management Board.

Meet the researchers leading on the Modern Slavery PEC projects.

Core team

Meet the people responsible for the Modern Slavery PEC's day to day work.

Modern Slavery PEC Director

Murray Hunt

Murray Hunt is the Director of the new Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, created to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, of which Murray is the Director.

From 2004 to 2017, Murray was Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament, and prior to that was a practising barrister at Matrix, which he helped to establish in 2000.

Finance and Administration Manager

Isabella Asimadi

Isabella Asimadi has extensive experience of administering Research Council funding. Her highly varied portfolio includes multi-national project management and coordination with Imperial College London, University College London and Commonwealth Secretariat.

Director of Research and Senior Management Board member

Prof Alex Balch

Prof Alex Balch is a professor of politics at the University of Liverpool, with research interests in policies on immigration and modern slavery. He currently leads the Antislavery Knowledge Network, which seeks to apply innovative methods to tackle modern slavery across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also associate director of the African Programming and Research Initiative To End Slavery (APRIES). He has over 10 years’ experience designing and implementing programmes in diverse international contexts. His approach is collaborative and interdisciplinary, with the aim to develop new methods and modes of partnership across national boundaries with government, business and civil society to meet the challenges in addressing modern slavery.

Director of Policy Impact

Olivia Hesketh

Olivia Hesketh joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the civil service. She began her career as a government analyst across crime and policing policy areas. For four years before she joined the Centre, Olivia was a policymaker in the Modern Slavery Unit in the UK Home Office, most recently leading the team that focuses on the Government’s international and prevention policies.

Executive Assistant

Alex Mandich

Alex Mandich joined the Centre from Morley College, where she was Executive Assistant to the Principal.

Operations Director

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Alan Turing Institute, where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of a £40m SPF investment.

Communications Director

Jakub Sobik

Jakub Sobik joined the Modern Slavery PEC from Anti-Slavery International, where he led the development and implementation of its communications strategy.

Policy Impact Manager

Liz Williams

Liz Williams joined the Modern Slavery PEC from Asylum Research Centre which she co-founded in 2010. As co-Director, she led research and policy projects on asylum and refugee protection issues. Liz has acted as a consultant for UNHCR, the European Asylum Support Office, Amnesty International UK and the Independent Advisory Group on Country Information and has been a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom from Torture.

Partnerships Manager

Owain Johnstone

Owain Johnstone joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), where he worked as Modern Slavery Advisor and Policy Advisor. While at ETI, he worked on establishing best practice in business modern slavery reporting, supporting the development of the Modern Slavery Statement Framework. He also coordinated engagement with a range of stakeholders on issues including state-imposed forced labour, the implementation and enforcement of the UK Modern Slavery Act and the emerging debate on mandatory human rights due diligence. Prior to working at ETI, Owain completed his PhD on the development of human trafficking law and policy in the UK.

Senior Management Board

The Modern Slavery PEC Senior Management Board (SMB) comprises representatives of the six Consortium partners of the Centre, the Centre’s Research Director, the Operations Director, and the AHRC’s Senior Responsible Officer. The SMB is responsible for developing and delivering the strategy of the Centre.

Modern Slavery PEC Director

Murray Hunt

Murray Hunt is the Director of the new Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, created to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, of which Murray is the Director.

From 2004 to 2017, Murray was Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament, and prior to that was a practising barrister at Matrix, which he helped to establish in 2000.

Director of Research and Senior Management Board member

Prof Alex Balch

Prof Alex Balch is a professor of politics at the University of Liverpool, with research interests in policies on immigration and modern slavery. He currently leads the Antislavery Knowledge Network, which seeks to apply innovative methods to tackle modern slavery across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also associate director of the African Programming and Research Initiative To End Slavery (APRIES). He has over 10 years’ experience designing and implementing programmes in diverse international contexts. His approach is collaborative and interdisciplinary, with the aim to develop new methods and modes of partnership across national boundaries with government, business and civil society to meet the challenges in addressing modern slavery.

Senior Management Board member

Prof Trevor Burnard

Trevor Burnard is one of the world’s leading historians of the slave trade and slave societies in the Americas. Currently Wilberforce Professor of Slavery and Emancipation and Director of the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, since 2004 he has held professorships at Sussex, Warwick, Melbourne and Hull. He is author of 14 books, including 7 monographs, the most important of which is the prize-winning Mastery, Tyranny and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (2004).

He has been editor-in-chief since 2009 of the award-winning Oxford Bibliography Online in Atlantic History. His numerous fellowships include the Heinz Heinen Fellowship at the Centre of Slavery and Dependency Studies at the University of Bonn. He was head of school or department for 16 years at the Universities of Brunel, Sussex, Warwick and Melbourne.

Senior Management Board member

Dr Christos Kypraios

Dr Christos Kypraios is the Programmes Manager at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford, a Senior Fellow at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He is a Senior Management Board Member of the Modern Slavery PEC since July 2020, representing the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Anjali Mazumder

Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. With over 15 years’ experience of working at the interface of research, policy and practice in the UK, the US, and Canada, her work focuses on developing responsible and inclusive data and AI methods, tools and frameworks for safeguarding people from harm and building resilient institutions and systems. She was appointed to Canada’s National DNA Databank Advisory Committee (2012-2018) and currently serves on the UK Forensic Science Regulator’s fingerprint interpretation subgroup. She has also served the Royal Statistical Society in a variety of ways, most recently appointed to the Statistics & Law Section and the Data Science Section committees. She holds a doctorate in Statistics from the University of Oxford and two masters’ degrees in Measurement and Evaluation, and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

She is leading on the Modern Slavery PEC project on Enabling Trust, Security and Privacy for Policy Innovation in Tackling Modern Slavery.

Operations Director

Kelly Ryan

Kelly Ryan joined the Modern Slavery PEC from the Alan Turing Institute, where she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of a £40m SPF investment.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Katarina Schwarz

Dr. Katarina Schwarz is Associate Director (Law and Policy Programme) at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, and Assistant Professor of Antislavery Law and Policy. Her research interrogates the law and policy frameworks that operate at the global, regional, and domestic level to determine the elements of effective anti-slavery governance and map trends, successes, and failures in this area. To support evidence-based action in anti-slavery governance, Schwarz is currently developing and analysing the world’s first comprehensive database of the domestic legislation and international obligations of all 193 UN Member States with regard to slavery and related forms of exploitation.

Katarina is working on two Modern Slavery PEC projects, analysing the situation in top source countries for trafficking into the UK and on the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Senior Management Board member

Anne Sofield

Anne Sofield is the Associate Director of Programmes at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

She has been with the AHRC since 2004 and watched it transform from a charitable Board into a Research Council. A film conservator and archivist by background, she spent the first 10 years of her career in television and film, making documentaries for channels such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel Networks, A&E, BBC and The History Channel among others.

Anne’s current interests lie in developing the next generation of researchers through AHRC’s skills funding as well as ensuring the AHRC is able to act as a bridge between researchers and policy makers. She is also passionate about understanding the future challenges and opportunities facing society and how arts and humanities research can change it for the better.

Advisory Group

Advisory Group offers advice and guidance to the Senior Management Board.

Modern Slavery PEC Director

Murray Hunt

Murray Hunt is the Director of the new Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, created to enhance understanding of modern slavery and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, of which Murray is the Director.

From 2004 to 2017, Murray was Legal Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK Parliament, and prior to that was a practising barrister at Matrix, which he helped to establish in 2000.

Advisory Group Co-Chair

Prof Christopher Smith

Professor Christopher Smith is Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Previously, he was Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the British School at Rome, the UK’s leading humanities and creative arts research institute overseas, from 2009 to 2017. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and in 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Premio “Cultori di Roma.” He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries Scotland, the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Academia Europaea.

Advisory Group Co-Chair

Prof John Aston

Prof John Aston is the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, responsible for giving independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers, providing leadership and management of Home Office Science and working with the wider network of Chief Scientific Advisers to address cross-departmental issues.

Advisory Group member

Prof Ruth Blakeley

Prof Ruth Blakeley is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. After completing an MSc and PhD in International Relations at the University of Bristol, she became a lecturer and then Professor in International Relations at the University of Kent, later becoming the Head of School of Politics and International Relations. She was the Director of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership at Sheffield. She is the Vice Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA), and was lead Editor of the Review of International Studies from 2016 to 2020. Professor Blakeley’s research and teaching focus on international security, terrorism and political violence, and human rights.

Advisory Group member

Paul Bowden

Paul Bowden is a solicitor. He is former global corporate responsibility partner and leader of the business and human rights practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Paul teaches business and human rights law as honorary professor at the Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University and is Chair of the National Justice Museum, the leading public legal education provider.

Advisory Group member

Dr Gemma Bridge

Dr Gemma Bridge is the Principal Private Secretary to Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). She has a Ph.D. in Oncology and Cancer Biology.

Advisory Group member

Jon Davies

Jon Davies has been Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) since 2017. He leads CPA UK’s work on parliamentary strengthening and priority themes including Modern Slavery. Before moving to Parliament, Jon spent over 25 years working for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, latterly as the first permanent Director of its new Diplomatic Academy.

Advisory Group member

Ruth Dearnley

Ruth Dearnley OBE is CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK (STT). Armed with her law degree, Ruth trained as a teacher, taught in East End London, served as a company director and advisor on national and local educational projects, leading to her being part of the founding of STT in 2005. Ruth has led STT to become the global leader in the prevention of human trafficking, pioneering a data driven, tech enabled solution to disrupting trafficking through reducing the ability for traffickers to recruit, decreasing the demand for services and labour and disrupting the flow of proceeds of crime. STT sees success by measuring the change taking place in the environment where traffickers are operating, evidencing an increased risk and a reduced profit.

Advisory Group member

Shaheed Fatima QC

Shaheed Fatima QC is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London. She has a broad practice which includes commercial law, civil liberties, human rights, public law, regulatory law and public international law. Many of her cases involve an international dimension and aspects of either conflict of laws or public international law.

Advisory Group member

Prof Olivette Otele

Prof Olivette Otele is Professor of History of Slavery at Bristol University and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. She is Chair for Bristol's Race Equality Commission. Previously she was a Professor of History at Bath Spa University.

Advisory Group member

Alastair Redfern

The Right Revd Dr Alastair Redfern is chair of the Clewer Initiative, a co-founder of the Global Sustainability Network, chair of the Advisory Panel for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and vice-chair of the Anglican Alliance. He was a member of the Select Committee which drafted the modern slavery act for the UK. He was Bishop of Derby from 2005 to 2018.

Advisory Group member

Fergus Reid

Fergus Reid has been a Clerk in the House of Commons for 15 years, during which time he as served as Clerk for Select Committees on health, foreign affairs, standards & privileges, environmental audit and culture media & sport, as well as for the International Development Committee.

Advisory Group member

Dame Sara Thornton

Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner responsible for encouraging good practice in the prevention and detection of modern slavery and the identification of victims. She was Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 2007 -2015 and the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015-2019. She is chair of the National Leadership Centre’s Advisory Board and an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force.

Researchers

Meet the researchers leading on the Modern Slavery PEC projects.

Researcher

Dr Samantha Currie

Dr Samantha is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool School of Law & Social Justice. In her recent work Samantha has worked on a British Academy-funded project on transparency in supply chains in the food and garment industries. She has also conducted a doctrinal study of how victims of trafficking are encountering and engaging with decision-making procedures in the UK.

Samantha’s research interests include the intersection of migration and anti-trafficking law and policies and intra-EU migration. She leads the Modern Slavery PEC project on access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery in the UK.

Researcher

Alexander Harris

Alexander Harris is a Research Assistant at The Alan Turing Institute. Prior to joining the Turing, Alex held a joint appointment as a research analyst at a data science consultancy and at Tech Against Terrorism, a project working to support the global technology industry to tackle terrorist exploitation. Alex has a BA in History from King's College London and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), awarded with distinction. During his time at the LSE, Alex interned at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS). Alex is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks.

Researcher

Lisa Hsin

Lisa joined the University of Oxford in 2017 to undertake research into the influence and effect of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Fernanda Pirie, particularly focusing on transparency in supply chains measures. She is a winner of the Busuttil Domus Prize in 2018. Before that, Lisa was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London specialising in commercial dispute resolution and corporate investigations. She is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand, and a Solicitor with Higher Rights in England and Wales. Lisa holds a Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley as a recipient of the Spencer Mason Scholarship, and a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honours), from the University of Auckland.

At the Modern Slavery PEC, she’s working on the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Researcher

Dr Alicia Kidd

Dr Alicia Kidd is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wilberforce Institute, part of the University of Hull, where she works on issues around modern slavery and understandings of agency. Alicia is interested in bridging the gap between academia and practice, working with the Wilberforce Institute’s Risk Assessment Service alongside her role as Vice-Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. She leads on the project developing interactive workshops for regional partnerships.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Anjali Mazumder

Anjali Mazumder is the Theme Lead on AI and Justice & Human Rights at the Alan Turing Institute. With over 15 years’ experience of working at the interface of research, policy and practice in the UK, the US, and Canada, her work focuses on developing responsible and inclusive data and AI methods, tools and frameworks for safeguarding people from harm and building resilient institutions and systems. She was appointed to Canada’s National DNA Databank Advisory Committee (2012-2018) and currently serves on the UK Forensic Science Regulator’s fingerprint interpretation subgroup. She has also served the Royal Statistical Society in a variety of ways, most recently appointed to the Statistics & Law Section and the Data Science Section committees. She holds a doctorate in Statistics from the University of Oxford and two masters’ degrees in Measurement and Evaluation, and Statistics from the University of Toronto.

She is leading on the Modern Slavery PEC project on Enabling Trust, Security and Privacy for Policy Innovation in Tackling Modern Slavery.

Researcher

Dr Steve New

Steve New is an Associate Professor in Operations Management at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. A leading authority on supply chain management, he is one of the leading scholars investigating the enigma of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and the West’s growing interest in the application of Japanese techniques to manufacturing.

Steve began his career as an engineer, working for Rolls Royce plc while completing a degree in physics at Southampton University. After working in management consultancy for Collinson Grant, he went to Manchester Business School (MBS), where he completed his doctorate on the use of visual interactive modelling for decision support in manufacturing. He taught at the Manchester School of Management, UMIST (now merged with MBS) before joining Saïd Business School in 1996. He is also a Fellow of Hertford College at the University of Oxford.

He co-leads the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Researcher

Dr Florian Ostmann

Dr Florian Ostmann is the Policy Theme Lead within the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute. He leads the Modern Slavery PEC project on leveraging data for investor action on modern slavery.

Researcher

Dr Irene Pietropaoli

Dr Irene Pietropaoli is a Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Prior to joining BIICL, Irene worked on corporate human rights due diligence with international organisations and NGOs in Europe, Latin America and Asia, including at Amnesty International, International Federation for Human Rights, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and ECPAT International, as well as for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Irene holds a PhD from the school of Law of Middlesex University, she has a first-class honours LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights and first degrees in Law from the University La Sapienza of Rome and from the University of Barcelona.

She works on two Modern Slavery PEC projects looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks and the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Senior Management Board member and Researcher

Dr Katarina Schwarz

Dr. Katarina Schwarz is Associate Director (Law and Policy Programme) at the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham, and Assistant Professor of Antislavery Law and Policy. Her research interrogates the law and policy frameworks that operate at the global, regional, and domestic level to determine the elements of effective anti-slavery governance and map trends, successes, and failures in this area. To support evidence-based action in anti-slavery governance, Schwarz is currently developing and analysing the world’s first comprehensive database of the domestic legislation and international obligations of all 193 UN Member States with regard to slavery and related forms of exploitation.

Katarina is working on two Modern Slavery PEC projects, analysing the situation in top source countries for trafficking into the UK and on the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Researcher

Lise Smit

Lise Smit is a Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, conducting research on corporate human rights due diligence and other aspects of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Prior to joining the Institute, Lise was a practicing advocate at the Cape Town Bar in South Africa, worked for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the UN Global Compact Office and was law clerk to the Chief Justice of South Africa, Pius Langa, at the South African Constitutional Court. Lise has an LLM in human rights law from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and a Masters in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland.

She works on two Modern Slavery PEC projects looking at data for investors for action on modern slavery risks and the project analysing the effectiveness of the transparency in supply chains measures in the UK Modern Slavery Act.

Researchers

Dr Katy Ferris

Dr Katy Ferris is an Associate Professor in Business Law and a member of the Law and Policy Programme of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham currently involved in the Modern Slavery PEC project on access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery in the UK.

Researcher

Prof Jean Allain

Prof Jean Allain is based at the Faculty of Law, Monash University; and is Professor of Public International Law, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull, UK. Prof Allain was, from 2015-2019, Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International. Prof. Allain’s books include "The Slavery Conventions"; (as editor) "Legal Understanding of Slavery"; "Slavery in International Law"; and "The Law and Slavery". He received his doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), University of Geneva, and clerked for the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Tribunal.

He is working on the Modern Slavery PEC's project analysing the situation in top source countries for trafficking into the UK.

Researcher

Dr Shaher Abdullateef

Shaher is a founder of the Academic Centre for Development and Peace Studies (ACDP) and the director of the Agriculture and Food Security (SAE-AFS) research team, and an active researcher at Cara Syria program. Since 2015, he has been based in Turkey and working on food security and higher education issues. He has professional skills in research, teaching, and coaching of agricultural engineers and farmer groups. He is involved with multidisciplinary research teams from e.g. Kent University, and University of Edinburgh. He has strong partnerships with multi-stakeholder networks including local councils, local communities, local and international NGOs, and academics. Shaher is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Researcher

Dr Esraa Almashhour

Dr Esraa Almashhour has a PhD in Agricultural Sciences and is a specialist in soil science and plant nutrition. She is a former researcher and head of the Department of Doil and Plant Nutrition at the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research, a member of the agricultural research and food security team, and has several scientific studies published in international journals and conferences. She is a member of the Syrian Academic Expertise for Agriculture and Food security (SAE-AFS) and a researcher at the Academic Center for Development and Peace Studies (ACDP). Esraa is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Researcher

Dr Saleem Al Nabulsi

Dr Saleem Al Nabulsi is a Jordanian researcher. He has a PhD in Finance and 30 years of experience in rural and agricultural finance and risk management and has published many scientific papers in finance and microfinance. Dr Saleem has three books in Islamic finance, microfinance, and professional ethics and has written articles on food security and rural development. He has prepared and participated in studies on strategic planning, governance, social finance, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and SMEs. Dr Saleem is currently involved in interdisciplinary research with Syrian and UK academics at the University of Edinburgh. Saleem is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Researcher

Dr Lisa Boden

Dr Lisa Boden is the current President of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (www.ecvph.org) and leads a programme of One Health research in fragile and conflict-affected regions (One Health FIELD Network) at the University of Edinburgh. Her project on Syrian Food Futures focuses on mobilising knowledge between researchers, practitioners and decision-makers so that local cultural and technical experience can be incorporated into socio-economic development and reconstruction programmes to ensure a successful transition away from humanitarian provision of short-term food supplies and agriculture inputs towards long-term contingency planning for food security and adequate nutrition. Lisa is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Researcher

Mackenzie Klema

Mackenzie Klema is a Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh. She first joined the team as part of the From the Field project, analyzing visual ethnographic data to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the food security of displaced Syrians as part of her MSc dissertation. Mackenzie also works as a fundraiser for The Resolution Project, a US-based nonprofit that supports young social entrepreneurs, and previously worked for The School for Field Studies in Cambodia. Mackenzie has a BA in Environmental Studies and History from Wellesley College, and a MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh. Mackenzie is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Project resident artist

Sophia Neilson

Sophia Neilson is the Resident Artist for the Refugee Labour under Lockdown project. Sophia Neilson is a Scottish graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a background in Social Anthropology and Sociology, with a keen focus on gender and visual culture. Working as a freelance illustrator, her style of drawing hopes to bridge the gap between the subject and viewer in an effort to visually portray and explore social issues.

Researcher

Dr Ann-Christin Zuntz

Dr Ann-Christin Zuntz is a Lecturer in Anthropology of Development at the University of Edinburgh, and the Programme Director of Edinburgh’s MSc International Development. For her doctoral studies, Ann did fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with Syrian refugees in Mafraq, a border town in northern Jordan, in 2016/17. Her PhD thesis explores how current forms of displacement and precarious refugee livelihoods are embedded into more longstanding labour migration schemes and transnational labour markets in the Middle East. For more information on Ann’s publications and her work with the One Health FIELD network, please click here. Ann is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the refugee labour under lockdown.

Researcher

Dr Alison Gardner

Dr Alison Gardner leads the Communities and Society research programme at the University of Nottingham’s ‘Rights Lab’, a global research programme which aims to contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goal 8.7 of ending slavery and forced labour by 2030. Her work focusses on place and community-based responses to modern slavery. She holds a Nottingham Research Fellowship, as well as AHRC and ESRC funding for research into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. She is co-investigator on a GCRF global engagements network grant to investigate the social determinants underpinning resilience against exploitation. She has career experience and expertise in local government and public policy. Alison is working on two Modern Slavery PEC projects: on local resilience to modern slavery in Senegal and Kenya, and on Romanian migrant seasonal workers in the UK agriculture.

Researcher

Dr Phil Northall

Dr Phil Northall is a Research Fellow in Antislavery Resilient Cities at the Rights Lab, working as part of the Communities and Society Programme. The aim of this programme is to understand and advance local responses to modern slavery, and Phil’s work explores the factors that contribute to resilience when building slavery-free communities. It also includes close collaboration with multi-agency partnerships on testing and evaluating transferable local responses to the structural issues that create vulnerabilities to exploitation and slavery, and Phil provides the secretariat to the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Modern Slavery Partnership. His research background is in urban processes, local economic development, and community engagement, and his PhD explored the economic sustainability of future cities, specifically assessing the potential for 'sharing economy' platforms to deliver local public services and social value under austerity. Phil is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project looking at local resilience to modern slavery in Kenya and Senegal.

Researcher

Prof Ian Clark

Prof Ian Clark Ian is a member of the Nottingham Business School research leadership team and leads the Centre for Work, Informalisation and Place. He edited the world-leading journal Work, Employment and Society from 2014 to 2019. His current research projects focus on the casualisation and informalisation of work and employment.
Between 2007 and 2010, he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee on Private Equity and subsequently provided expert advice to government, trade unions and employers. More recently he provided formal oral and written evidence to the Department of Work and Pensions inquiry into the collapse of British Home Stores and more recently still has presented evidence to the Taylor Review on Modern Employment Practices and the Environment Audit Committee evaluation of unregulated employment practices at hand car washes.
Ian has published widely on economic performance, American multinationals, the impact of new business models on worker and stakeholder interests and the growth of unregulated informal employment practices. Ian is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing informal workplaces during the Covid-29 pandemic.

Researcher

Dr James Hunter

Dr James Hunter is co-founder of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology Research Group, and Centre for Work Informalisation and Place, at Nottingham Trent University. His research examines the role of place in shaping victimisation risk and crime inequalities, and he has extensive experience in developing online policy tools to inform crime reduction strategies and the targeting of resources. For example, he developed the Community Engagement Area Classification (CEAC), which classifies localities based on neighbourhood belonging, fear of crime, satisfaction with policing, and participation/volunteering levels. The CEAC features in the College of Policing’s National Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines and is being used by a significant number of police forces across England to inform their neighbourhood policing strategies. His research on shop theft risk at the neighbourhood level has contributed to advice and guidance to retail stakeholders and seen his appointment to the Home Office’s Business Crime Experts Group. Elsewhere, he has created the predictive neighbourhood level maps that identify the location of problematic informal economy sites, and which are being used by the Office of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, HMRC and several regional organised crime units to tackle wage theft, modern slavery and human trafficking.

Researcher

Rich Pickford

Rich Pickford runs NTUs place-based think tank Nottingham Civic Exchange where he manages programmes of work, designs events and establishes networks with researchers, communities, businesses and residents. Rich has a background in outdoor education and youth work and has an MA in Modern British History.

Prior to working with NTU worked for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), supporting their initiatives throughout Wales and the Midlands.

Within this project, he is focused on the policy and practical implications of the research working with partners and stakeholders to develop routes to positive change in the informal work sectors. Rich is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing informal workplaces during the Covid-29 pandemic.

Researcher

Jack Barratt

Jack Barratt is a Research Fellow with the WIP Group, and his area of work is locating and classifying sites of informal work places to contribute to a wider understating of their distribution and practises.
He initially joined the WIP team as a Research Assistant in 2019, contributing to earlier mapping of parts of England and Wales for hand car washes and gathering information on nail bars in the East Midlands.
Jack holds a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Criminology from Nottingham Trent University. His master’s dissertation evaluated the spatial impact that hand car washes have on localised rates of crime. Jack is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing informal workplaces during the Covid-29 pandemic.

Researcher

Nidhi Sharma

Nidhi Sharma is a Research Fellow at the Nottingham Business School. She graduated in History from the University of Liverpool and holds an MA in Social Science Research (Sociology) from the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are in informal work and the role of policy and regulation in shaping business practices. Nidhi is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project .analysing informal workplaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Researcher

Dr Mark Sumner

Mark Sumner is a lecturer in Sustainability, Fashion and Retail at the University of Leeds with specialist knowledge of the clothing industry. His current research topics include the sustainability of textile supply chains, circularity, microplastics, modern slavery and consumer behaviour.

His expertise in sustainability and clothing is built upon over 15 years of experience of working for the UK’s largest clothing retailer, experience that is further enhanced through a range of consultancy roles with brands, retailers and industry bodies.

Mark contributed to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report on Fast Fashion and has also engaged in a number of industry projects with fashion brands and contributes to a number of industrial advisory committees. Mark is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

Researchers

Dr Matt Davies

Dr Matthew Davis is an Associate Professor at Leeds University Business School, a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His research centres on how people interact with their environments and how businesses engage in CSR, particularly to address sustainability and modern slavery. Matthew has worked on a range of applied research projects with corporate partners, with a socio-technical approach and methods underpinning much of his work. Matthew teaches Corporate Social Responsibility and promotes responsible management education. Matt is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Dr Hinrich Voss

Dr Hinrich Voss is Professor of International Business at HEC Montreal, Canada. He is researching how multinational enterprises and institutions interact. Hinrich's work explores these interactions with respect to the internationalisation of Chinese firms and to how businesses respond to and engage with legislation that attempts to reach across their global value chains. Within the latter area of interest he was the principal investigator of the British Academy/DifD funded project "Pulling a thread: unravelling the trail of modern slavery in the fashion and textile industry". This interdisciplinary and UK-India collaboration investigated how fashion brands in the UK had responded to the UK Modern Slavery Act and worked with their Indian value chain to address modern slavery. Hinrich is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Dr Divya Singhal

Dr. Divya Singhal is Professor in General Management at Goa institute of Management (GIM), India. She currently leads Centre for Social Sensitivity and Action to promote social responsibility within and beyond GIM to achieve the goals of Agenda 2030. She has experience of approx. 22 years with 17 years of full-time academic experience. Her research interests are in the area of sustainable development, responsibility and education. She was part of International project “Pulling a thread: unravelling the trail of modern slavery in the fashion and textile industry" as co-investigator that received grants from British Academy/DFID with University of Leeds, UK. She is part of various working groups of United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education & focal point for UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network at GIM. Divya is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

Researchers

Suganya Guru

Suganya is currently pursuing her PhD at Anna University, Chennai, India on the topic “Supply Chain Effectiveness of Textiles Cluster in South India”. She has completed her Master’s in Business Administration from PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore, India. Suganya has worked as a Research Assistant at Goa Institute of Management (GIM) for a collaborative project with University of Leeds on “Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labor in Modern Business” funded by British Academy and DFID. Currently she is working as Research Assistant for a collaborative project with University of Leeds on “Impact of COVID-19 on management to eradicate modern slavery from global supply chains: A case study of Indian fashion supply chains” funded by AHRC, UK. Her area of interests are supply chain management and consumer behaviour. Suganya is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Swati Singh

Swati Singh has been awarded with Ph.D Degree which titled, “The New Middle Class and the Civic Activism: A Study of Advanced Locality Managements (ALMs) in Mumbai” in School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai in 2020. She has worked in various projects (ICSSR, TISS with University of East London and others projects) and has worked as Teaching Associate in TISS and she designed and taught an online course at University of Tampere, Finland. She has publications in peer-reviewed social work journals. Her area of interest is Homelessness, Middle Class Activism and Urban Space, New Middle Class Identity and Consumerism, Street Children, Urban Sociology, Informal labour, Migration and Qualitative Research Methodology. Swati is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Rishi Sher Singh

Rishi is a Business & Human Rights (B&HR) specialist with an extensive body of work in supply chain management, implementation of sustainability projects, and manufacturing. For over two decades, Rishi has been working on developing innovative business solutions, with a strong commitment towards respecting and promoting human rights in the value chains.

Rishi has delivered four Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA) in India (pharma, tech, engineering & agri sectors) and continues to support our Human Rights Due Diligence initiatives for the UK and EU based companies.

Rishi holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in International Business from University of Birmingham (UK). He is also trained in transformative methods by Landmark Education and is a certified project manager from Deloitte. Rishi is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Naomi Booth Wade

Naomi has an educational background in Psychology and Organisational Psychology. She is an aspiring business psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the research and consultancy fields.

Naomi has worked in numerous research projects, from environmental sustainability to health and wellbeing, and has first-hand experience of conducting systematic literature reviews, thematic analysis, and quantitative data entry, coding and analysis.

She also has experience in writing whitepapers and online articles on topics related to business psychology and has been involved in numerous projects aiming to transform organisations, through data collection and active implementation. Naomi is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Fergus Dowling

Fergus Dowling is a recent MSc Textiles graduate from the University of Leeds, with a background undergraduate degree in printed textiles and surface pattern design. Fergus completed his master’s degree to learn more about the construction of textiles and how to improve their social, environmental, and sustainable impact. Resulting in a master’s dissertation researching into ways of producing textile fibres out of orange peel waste. His current role as a research assistant on ‘The Unravelling of a Thread’ project, is focused on examining the impact Covid-19 has had on UK stakeholder’s management of modern slavery within the global textiles supply chain. Fergus is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the Indian garment industry.

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Prof Genevieve LeBaron

Genevieve LeBaron is Professor of Politics within the University of Sheffield's Department of Politics and International Relations. Since 2008, she has been researching the business of forced labour in global supply chains and the politics and effectiveness of corporate social responsibility and legislation solutions to combat it. More information about her work is available on her website. Genevieve is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global garment supply chains.

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Penelope Kyritsis

Penelope Kyritsis is Director of Strategic Research at the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labour rights monitoring organization that focuses on the garment sector. Her primary research areas currently include garment workers’ vulnerability to abuse and destitution during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the role of corporations in the Uyghur forced labour crisis. Prior to joining the WRC, Kyrtisis served as Outreach and Education coordinator at the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network and Assistant Managing Editor at OpenDemocracy's Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. She has worked on a number of research projects, including the Global Business of Forced Labour and Policing Modern Day Slavery in Rhode Island. She holds a BA in Postcolonial Legal Studies from Brown University, where she wrote her thesis on the humanitarian and legal interventions and discourses around sex trafficking and migration. Penelope is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global garment supply chains.

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Prof Alex Hughes

Prof Alex Hughes is a social scientist working in the discipline of Geography for the past 25 years, with research interests in global supply chains, corporate responsibility, and sustainable production and consumption. She has published widely on these themes, covering textiles, food, and horticulture. She has been Principal Investigator on five ESRC projects and an AHRC GCRF research partnership, as well as leading and collaborating on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, the Newton Fund, and the Leverhulme Trust. Projects have involved field research in the UK, USA, South Africa, Brazil, China, Pakistan, and Malaysia. Alex is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

Researcher

Mahmood Bhutta

Mahmood is a Consultant at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals. In 2006 Mahmood founded the Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group (hosted at the British Medical Association) in response to labour rights abuses in the manufacture of medical products, including surgical instruments, gloves and textiles. He works with the NHS, and international procurement organisations and NGOs, to foster better working conditions in healthcare supply chains. Mahmood is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

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Dr Mei Trueba

Mei Trueba is a Lecturer in International Development and Global Health at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the University of Sussex. Much of her work focuses on the intersection between international development, labour relations and workers’ health and wellbeing, and on improving the working conditions of workers at the end of supply chains through evidence-informed action throughout the supply chain. Prior to joining BSMS Mei worked for the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID) on an action-research project aimed at improving the occupational health and safety of Bolivian cooperative miners, with the Universidad de Chile to promote the labour rights of street children, and with the Inter-American Development Bank among other.

Mei holds a PhD in Development studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and has a master in Occupational Health and Safety, an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research from the University of Sussex, and first degrees in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and in Public Health. She works on one Modern Slavery PEC project focusing on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

Researcher

Ben Bostock

Ben Bostock joined Impactt in March 2019 as a Senior Consultant, and specialises in social audit and forced labour investigations. Recently, he has focused specifically on forced labour investigations and recruitment fee repayments in the rubber gloves industry in Malaysia, and in worker welfare standards in the construction sector in the Middle East. Prior to this, he worked for 5 years as a Consultant at PwC within their Sustainability and Climate Change team – working primarily in Human Rights and Modern Slavery for clients in the retail sector. Ben is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

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Dr James Alan Brown

Dr James Alan Brown is a Research Associate in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. Previously, he has conducted research on labour rights and worked for migration civil society organisations in Southeast Asia. He has also taught international development and geography at SOAS and Queen Mary University of London. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of London and his research interests focus on the intersection of labour and global supply chains. James is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

Researcher

Rosey Hurst

Rosey Hurst founded Impactt in 1997 to make what works for workers work for business. She founded Sedex and launched the Benefits for Business and Workers Programme which links improving productivity with a better deal for workers. She is passionate about re-humanising the workplace and has pioneered large-scale initiatives to remedy modern slavery. Rosey serves on the Ecovadis Technical Committee and is a member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Council at BMO-GAM. Rosey’s passion for the topic can be seen in her TEDx talk. Rosey is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

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Prof Tomoya Obokata

Prof Tomoya Obokata is a Japanese scholar of international law and human rights, specialising in transnational organised crime, human trafficking and modern slavery. He was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences in March 2020.

He currently serves as Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Keele University, and previously taught at Queen's University Belfast and Dundee University (all in the United Kingdom Great Britain and Northern Ireland). He has extensive experience of working on the issues of transnational crime, human trafficking and modern slavery with relevant stakeholders, including the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Human Trafficking, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, the International Organisation for Migration and the European Union. Mr. Obokata also worked as a legal clerk for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Japan. He has published widely on the topics mentioned. Tom is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working to identify best practice to follow during future crises such as the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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Prof Muhammad Azizul Islam

Prof Muhammad Azizul Islam (Aziz) is Chair in Accountancy and Professor in Sustainability Accounting & Transparency at the University of Aberdeen Business School. Aziz is one of the world’s leading sustainability accounting researchers investigating some of the specific issues, including human rights disclosures, corporate transparency on modern slavery, SDGs & social audit and corporate anti-bribery measures. Over the past 16 years, Aziz has been investigating the use of social audits and CSR disclosures in relation to the lives of those
who work in garment factories in Bangladesh that supply goods to big multinational companies based in North America, Europe and Australia. His research collaborations are currently underway with international institutions and researchers based in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, New Zealand, Nigeria, Portugal, and the USA. He is actively engaged in doctoral and postdoctoral supervisions. Aziz is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on preventing exploitation of women in the Bangladesh garment industry.

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Dr Shamima Haque

Dr Shamima Haque is a senior lecturer of Accounting at the Business School of University of Aberdeen, UK. Previously, she held position as a lecturer in Accountancy at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her main research interests are in corporate social and environmental accounting and reporting practices, with a particular focus on carbon accounting, human rights, labour rights, and gender. She is the research lead of the School’s Athena SWAN committee that recognises the advancement and promotion of careers and personal development of women in STEMM. Shamima is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on preventing exploitation of women in Bangladesh garment industry.

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Prof Pamela Abbott

Prof Pamela Abbott is Director of the Centre for Global Development and professor in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, UK. Her research interests are in gender, socioeconomic and political transformations, and wellbeing and quality of life. She has more than 20 years’ experience of leading research in low and middle income countries including the former Soviet Union, North Africa and the Middle East, and East Africa. Her most recent book Democratisation Against Democracy was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2020. She was elected a fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2001. Pamela is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on preventing exploitation of women in the Bangladesh garment industry.

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Fiona Gooch

Fiona Gooch is a Senior Policy Adviser at Traidcraft Exchange. She works to improve the impact UK-linked businesses have on vulnerable farmers, workers and communities in the global south. This includes work on supply chains, company law, competition policy, legal remedies, social reporting, business and human rights and investment. She has been a director of the Ethical Trading Initiative, Corporate Responsibility coalition, Responsible Purchasing Initiative, and member of EU Better Functioning Food Supply Chain Forum. She has worked in Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, India, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Vietnam, including improving garment, cotton, and agricultural supply chains. Fiona is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on preventing exploitation of women in the Bangladesh garment industry.

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Prof Salma Akhter

Salma Akhter is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka. As a Commonwealth Scholar, Salma has an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. As a sociologist and gender specialist, she has extensive experience in consultancy for UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNCDF, World Bank, ILO, WFP, SDC, Royal Norwegian Embassy, DANIDA, DFID, ITDG. Her areas of research interest and expertise include Gender, Education, Micro-credit, Poverty, Health, Environment, Local Governance, Indigenous community issues in Bangladesh. Salma is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on preventing exploitation of women in the Bangladesh garment industry.

Researcher

Dr. Bruce Pinnington

Dr. Bruce Pinnington is a Lecturer in the Operations and Supply Chain Management group at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS). Building on career experience in business to business relationship management, Bruce’s research interests are in collaboration and contemporary social challenges in supply chain management especially modern slavery and social value. Recently, Bruce has worked closely with the Crown Commercial Service and the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit on several projects examining firms’ responses to the Modern Slavery Act (2015), especially with respect to supply chain management. Bruce is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on challenges posed by Covid-19 in supply chain management.

Researcher

Dr. Jo Meehan

Dr. Jo Meehan is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Procurement at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS). Jo’s research centres on responsible procurement, modern slavery, corporate power, and social value. She is engaged with the Liverpool Combined Authority Fair Employment Charter reference group and sits on the working group for the University of Liverpool’s Sustainable Development Responsible Consumption and Production. She is a regular public speaker in the procurement field committed to challenging business responsibilities and delivering impactful research. Jo is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and champions the journal’s ’business-not-as-usual’ research. Jo is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project working on challenges posed by Covid-19 in supply chain management.

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Prof Alex Trautrims

Alex Trautrims is an Associate Professor in Supply Chain and Operations Management at Nottingham University Business School and leads the Business and Economies Programme at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab. He enjoys working closely with practitioners on developing effective organisational responses against modern slavery in supply chains and business operations. His research has attracted support from a range of funders and contributes to leading supply chain management journals, policy documents, industry guidelines, and consultations and inquiries. Alex is working on two Modern Slavery PEC projects, on challenges posed by Covid-19 in supply chain management and on preventing modern slavery in Malaysian medical gloves factories.

Researchers

Dr. Oana Burcu

Dr. Oana Burcu works as part of the Rights Lab's Communities and Society Programme, and its Law and Policy Programme. Her focus is the patterns, causes and consequences of human trafficking, with a particular interest in the vulnerability of migrants to trafficking and labour exploitation. Some of her current projects with the Rights Lab include work to analyse trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, and understand patterns of trafficking and labour exploitation of Romanian workers in the UK and Europe. Her expertise also includes diaspora communities in the UK, nationalism and security. Her research background is in area studies, with a focus on China and East Asia. Oana is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Romanian seasonal worker in the UK agriculture.

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Dr Ana Valverde-Cano

Dr Ana Valverde-Cano is a Research Fellow at Rights Lab’s Law and Policy Programme. She works for the development of new frameworks for antislavery governance, particularly within the Spanish-speaking world and Latin America, with a focus on criminal legislation and legal institutions. She is co-founder of the Latin-American Network of Researchers on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, and she has worked alongside NGOs to provide first legal assistance to newly arrived migrants and asylum seekers. Ana is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the ipact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

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Dr Mohammed Abdelsalam Babiker

Dr. Mohammed Abdelsalam Babiker is the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea and Associate Professor of International Law, Dean of the School of Law at the University of Khartoum, and founding Director of its Human Rights Centre. He has published extensively in the areas of human rights, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and migration law in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, USA and South Africa.

Dr. Babiker was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Humanitarian expert with the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) in 2017 and with the Panel of Experts (POE) on Somaliain 2018. Dr. Babiker also worked as a Legal Advisor and a Human Rights Officer with UN and AU peacekeeping operations and a number of UN agencies. Mohammed is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Researcher

Emily Death

Emily Death is the Director of Global Partners Governance. She has been with the organisation since 2019. Emily leads the organisational management of GPG as well as its diverse portfolio of international project work and GPG’s communications. She is at the heart of GPG’s strategic vision for development. Emily has a strong political background, having previously worked in political roles in London and Brussels, most notably as Head of Events & Fundraising for the ALDE Party (the European Liberal & Democratic Party), for nearly a decade. Emily is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

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Maria Peiro Mir

Maria Peiro Mir is a Head of Policy and Partnerships at Global Partners Governance. She is part of the strategic senior management team, leading the organisation’s work on human trafficking and modern slavery. Maria is responsible for managing project staff and GPG’s communication team.

Having joined GPG in 2015, she has led several projects including working with parliamentary caucuses in the Fijian parliament, supporting the Honduran Congress in its Post Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) of Human Trafficking Legislation, working with Tanzanian Members of Parliament and their constituency offices and currently managing GPG’s work with the National Committee to Counter Trafficking in the Ministry of Justice in Sudan. Maria is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Researcher

Abdal-Rahman Eltayeb

Abdal-Rahman Eltayeb is a Project Assistant at Global Partners Governance working on the Sudan Project. He provides assistance to the team through liaising with stakeholders and providing logistical support. In addition, he also provides research and Arabic translation support on a day to day basis. Prior to joining GPG, Abdal-Rahman had volunteered as an Administrative Assistant at Breaking Barriers—providing support for asylum seekers by helping them attain stable, fulfilling employment in London. He also took up traineeship at Harding Mitchell Solicitors and assisted with immigration and employment law matters. As well as administrative and legal work, Abdal-Rahman also worked as a MENA Researcher in the public relations company, Cision. He is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Researcher

Maddy Crowther

Maddy Crowther is a Co-Executive Director of Waging Peace. She brings with her expertise in direct casework and support provided to with Sudanese asylum-seekers, refugees and the wider diaspora. She has been an expert country witness in UK cases, up to the level of Country Guidance at the Upper Tribunal, and is regularly consulted by home and foreign ministers across the EU and in the region to form country policy and information. She coordinates the UK/European-Sudan advocacy working group bringing together 50+ organisations working on or in Sudan to share information and to prepare joint advocacy where appropriate. She takes a particular research interest in the EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative, or ‘Khartoum Process’. Maddy is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

Researchers

Sonja Miley

Sonja Miley is a Co-Executive Director of Waging Peace. She has a degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She previously worked in international cultural exchange before joining the civil society sector.

Sonja has worked over 25 years in multicultural environments and has travelled extensively which supports her inclusive and holistic approach to engagement. Also a certified Brennan Healing Science Practitioner (BHSP), Sonja's ongoing training was focused in psychological sciences and facilitation of groups. She has also worked with several non-profit organisations in the UK and abroad with inner-city youth and other marginalised groups. Sonja is working on the Modern Slavery PEC project analysing the impact of Covid-19 and modern slavery in Sudan.

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Dr Perla Polanco Leal

Dr Perla Polanco Leal is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at The University of Sheffield. Perla’s research focuses on forced labour in the global supply chains, including on the Modern Slavery PEC's project on analysing the impact of Covid-19 on the global garment supply chains and the Humanity United funded project on restructuring business models and supply chains, a collaborative research project between the University of Sheffield, Yale University and Stanford University.

Perla completed her PhD at the University in Sheffield. Her thesis explored how the political and economic drivers behind extractive industries in Mexico perpetuate colonial ideas and inhibits the governments’ ability to pursue ambitious climate change policy.

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Deirdre Shaw

Deirdre Shaw is Professor Marketing and Consumer Research at Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow. Deirdre has researched and taught in the area of consumption ethics throughout her career, publishing on the subject in a range of international journals, including Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics, Marketing Theory, European Journal of Marketing, Business History, British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Journal of Marketing Management, Sustainable Development, contributing to books and non-academic publications, giving invited talks and supervising PhD researchers in this area. Deirdre is co-section editor of the Consumer Ethics section of Journal of Business Ethics. Her current work focuses on consumer perspectives of modern slavery as well as working in the areas of sustainable clothing and equality and sustainability. Deirdre works on the Modern Slavery PEC project on consumer behaviour in relation to modern slavery.

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Michal Carrington

Michal Carrington is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Melbourne and is an expert in consumer culture and consumer/marketing ethics. Dr Carrington is currently part of an international research team spanning the UK, US and Australia researching the consumption of products of modern slavery, including the Modern Slavery PEC project on consumer behaviour in relation to modern slavery.

Michal publishes consumer ethics research widely in top-tier international marketing and business journals, as well as media outlets such as newspapers and The Conversation, and has published books and book chapters in this topic area. Michal is co-section editor of the Journal of Business Ethics (Consumer Ethics). She holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Marketing also from the University of Melbourne. Prior to entering academia, Michal spent almost a decade working for Unilever in Australia and the UK.

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Andreas Chatzidakis

Andreas Chatzidakis is a Professor of Marketing and Consumer Culture at Royal Holloway University of London. His research focuses on the broader intersections of consumption with ethics and politics, including themes such as consumer-oriented activism in crisis-hit Athens, the role of care and relationality in everyday consumption, geographical and psychoanalytic approaches to consumption. It has been published in numerous journals such as Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Culture, Journal of Business Ethics, Environment and Planning D, and British Journal of Management; as well as in books such as Contemporary Issues in Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (with P Maclaran and E Parsons) and Consumer Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with D Shaw and M Carrington). He is also a member of the Care Collective, author of the Care Manifesto (out with Verso, 2020). Andreas works on the Modern Slavery PEC project on consumer behaviour in relation to modern slavery.