Research Associate/Fellow in Modern Slavery and Business (fixed term)

Nothingham University

United Kingdom

August 12, 2021


Research Associate/Fellow in Modern Slavery and Business (fixed term)



Closing Date

Thursday, 12th August 2021

Job Type



Rights Lab


£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The role-holder will conduct research into supply chains, procurement, and business considerations of risks in supply chains, benefitting from collaborations across the Rights Lab's multidisciplinary team. Current areas of focus in the Business and Economies Programme include research to understand what supply chain practices and structures foster the occurrence of modern slavery, how anti-slavery measures can be implemented in supply chain and procurement practices and design, and how organisations respond to modern slavery risks. The research team uses methods that include modelling and simulation, and the analytical techniques of operations research, and works to develop new tools and methodologies.

Key initial projects that the role-holder will help to lead and deliver include: a large externally-funded project to develop a spatially explicit multi-data informed risk assessment tool that assesses exposure to modern slavery risk in global businesses and supply chains; a project in collaboration with a large inter-governmental organisation to analyse procurement data across multiple countries for the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking; and a project in partnership with a large global business to develop common frameworks, indicators and data sources to be able to compare businesses through the lens of modern slavery.

The role-holder will work on academic articles, reports, and briefings; contribute to workshops; engage with stakeholders and develop strategic partnerships; develop resources for policy and practice reform; and support uptake of evidence-based recommendations by practitioners and policy-makers towards impact.

This work is international in scope, and covers a wide range of different substantive issues and approaches connected to modern slavery, as well as various different forms of exploitation and contexts. Applications are therefore welcome from researchers who wish to bring a particular perspective, method, or approach to the work of the programme. The role-holder will have the opportunity to shape a new research agenda moving forward based in the individual's expertise and interests and in alignment with the programme's research strategy. They will develop new funding applications and be supported to use their initiative and creativity to identify new project areas.

We welcome applications from recent PhD graduates or applicants who are close to completion, as well as from applicants with postdoctoral experience.

This is a full-time role, available as a one-year fixed-term post. We will consider applications from candidates who wish to work part-time (minimum 0.8 FTE). Job share arrangements may be considered.

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