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EPSRC Reference: EP/T003766/1
Title: GCRF Slavery Free Communities Network
Principal Investigator: Pinheiro, Dr S M
Other Investigators:
Gardner, Dr A
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Department: Institute of International Relations
Organisation: Pontifical Catholic Uni Rio de Janeiro
Scheme: UKRI
Starts: 11 September 2019 Ends: 10 September 2021 Value (£): 151,784
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Development Studies Geography and Development
Globalism and Development Pol.,International Rel.&Dev.
Social policy and Development
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No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
28 Mar 2019 GCRF GE Networks Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Modern slavery and human trafficking is estimated to affect more than 40 million people worldwide, yet despite widespread adoption of anti-trafficking legislation, sub-national policy responses are frequently fragmented and poorly implemented. 'Place-based' approaches to coordinating anti-slavery action, which focus on distinct geographical communities, towns and cities, offer the possibility of connecting law enforcement, governance, voluntary and faith responses to modern slavery in a more effective and coherent way. Although examples of this type of initiative have started to emerge, models of place-based anti-slavery action have generally been developing organically and in isolation without the benefit of wider knowledge-exchange.

This proposal addresses this challenge by establishing the first global 'slavery-free cities' network. Starting with a core group of four cities spanning four different continents, we aim to establish network infrastructure by building collaboration agreements and knowledge sharing platforms, designing tools and indices for comparison, and collating thematic reports on core aspects of the local anti-slavery response, including prevention, discovery, recovery and the maintenance of sustainable freedom. The academics we are working with in Brazil, Nottingham, Bangkok and Maputo have expertise in labour exploitation and supply chains, child labour and forced marriage and sexual exploitation, amongst other topics, and this project will enable us to examine the value of a place-based approach to addressing these diverse and challenging manifestations of exploitation. This will also be the first attempt to explore in a systemic way how the concept of a slavery-free community could be developed and implemented across diverse social and economic contexts.

The network will be open to further self-funding members, and outputs and virtual participation will be made widely available, through the internet without charge. We will use powerful connections with UNU-CPR and Delta 8.7 to connect our core network to anti-slavery practitioners and virtual communities worldwide. We anticipate that the network will benefit policy and practice in participating cities and states through strengthening in-country inter-agency work to address slavery. We also see huge potential for stimulating learning across different international contexts, whilst also developing knowledge and networks to inspire future research and collaboration opportunities.

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