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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Technical Secretariat

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

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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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Fiona David

Executive Director of Global Research, Walk Free Foundation

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Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

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Genevieve LeBaron

Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield

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Christopher Zoia

Communications Manager, Freedom Fund

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Cathy Zimmerman

Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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Jacqueline Joudo Larsen

Criminologist and Head of Research, Walk Free Foundation

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Conflict and Humanitarian Settings

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery

Angharad Smith, James Cockayne
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Measurement and Statistical Methods

Symposium: Effective Measurements for Change

Alice Eckstein
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Call for Recommendations and Expressions of Interest: UN Slavery Fund Board Members’ Vacancies

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Conflict and Humanitarian Settings

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Slavery

Angharad Smith, James Cockayne
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Survivor and Victim Support

The Trafficking of Girls and Young Women: Identifying Gender-specific Vulnerabilities in Nepal, Nigeria and Uganda

Anthony Davis
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Economics, Business Regulation and Supply Chains

Strengthening Evidence to Tackle Labour Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Francisca Sassetti, Hannah Thinyane
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