The Rights Lab

University of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence

The Rights Lab is a University of Nottingham Beacon of Excellence focused on research to help end slavery by 2030. The largest group of modern slavery scholars in the world, and home to leading academic experts on slavery, the Rights Lab is helping to underpin antislavery with an advanced research agenda. Its team of around 100 academics focus on four main questions: How many slaves exist in the world and where are they? Why does slavery persist? What works to end slavery? And what difference does freedom from slavery make to the world? Each question forms a central Rights Lab programme, on Data, Survivors, Policy and Business. As a Lab, it is an experimental space and leverages the theories and methods from political science, law, sociology, geospatial science, business analytics, computer science, and mental health, among numerous other disciplines. As a Lab, it also takes practical application as its main purpose and works in close partnership with NGOs, survivor groups, businesses and the policy community on new discoveries, intervention techniques, and rigorous evaluation processes.

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Ligia Kiss

Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Claire Healy

Research Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy Development

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Federico Blanco Allais

Senior Statistician, ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch

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Anne-Marie Barry

Research Associate, the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University

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Neil Howard

Prize Fellow in International Development at the University of Bath

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Yuki Lo

Senior Research & Evaluation Officer, Freedom Fund

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Technical Secretariat

The Technical Secretariat of the Regional Initiative Latin America and the Caribbean Free of Child Labour

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Genevieve LeBaron

Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield

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Jacqueline Joudo Larsen

Criminologist and Head of Research, Walk Free Foundation

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