Research

Our Partners

The Rights Lab benefits from partnerships with inspirational individuals and organisations in the global antislavery community.  Working closely with these partners, we deliver a range of activity, from collaborative research and publications, cutting-edge data and analytics, to expertise and advice for policy-making and review.

We aim to be good citizens in the global antislavery community, providing access to our resources and engaging in mutually-beneficial exchanges of knowledge and ideas.

Partnership is at the heart of our ‘research-for-action’ approach. We work with organisations of all sizes across the public and private sectors and civil society. Here are some of the amazing organisations we partner, and some examples of the work we do together. If you would like to work with us, we would love to hear from you.

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-- Sarah Kerr, Rights Lab Head of Policy, Partnerships and Impact.
 

Current Partners

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Survivor Alliance

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www.survivoralliance.org

It is a global network of survivor leaders who are engaged in antislavery work or interested in becoming engaged. Its Director is Rights Lab researcher Ming Dang, who collaborates extensively with our Associate Director Andrea Nicholson.

Incubated in the Rights Lab, the Survivor Alliance provides the training, resources, and support to help survivors lead and participate in antislavery efforts. With a global network of survivor consultants, Survivor Alliance provides best-practices for the wider antislavery community to engage with survivors.

The Rights Lab partners with the Survivor Alliance to help ensure that survivor voices are included in the antislavery movement; establish best practice and effective interventions; provide research that informs legislation and organisational policies; translate research for the benefit of antislavery professionals and organisations; and develop the capacity of antislavery professionals.

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Freedom Fund

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www.freedomfund.org

The Freedom Fund is a leader in the global movement to end modern slavery. It identifies and invests in the most effective frontline efforts to eradicate modern slavery in the countries and sectors where it is most prevalent. Partnering with visionary investors, governments, anti-slavery organisations and those at risk of exploitation, Freedom Fund tackles the systems that allow slavery to persist and thrive. Working together, it protects vulnerable populations, liberates and reintegrates those enslaved and prosecutes those responsible.

The Freedom Fund and the Rights Lab collaborate on multiple strands of activity related to research, advocacy, and learning, most recently to understand processes of antislavery monitoring and evaluation and to support the launch of the Survivor Alliance. Our Research Director Professor Kevin Bales is also proud to serve on the Freedom Fund Board of Directors.

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Walk Free Foundation

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www.walkfreefoundation.org

The Walk Free Foundation is a global organisation with a mission to end modern slavery in our generation by mobilising a global activist movement, generating the highest quality research, enlisting business, and raising unprecedented levels of capital to drive change in those countries and industries bearing the greatest responsibility for modern slavery today.

In 2017, Walk Free Foundation and University of Nottingham began an innovative partnership bringing together the Walk Free Foundation’s data-set set on modern slavery – which includes survey data from face to face interviews with more than 70,000 people, conducted in more than 50 countries, and a multi-year comparative data-base on government responses to modern slavery –  with the world’s largest group of modern slavery scholars.

In 2017 and 2018, a team of 13 Rights Lab researchers from multiple disciplines led by our Executive Director Professor Todd Landman and Walk Free’s Katharine Bryant worked on the Global Slavery Index’s assessment of government responses for 181 countries, with more than 17,000 datapoints. The assessment provides policy makers with examples of good practice, as well as identifying current gaps in specific responses. Rights Lab Research Director Professor Kevin Bales also serves on the Global Slavery Index Expert Working Group.

Rights Lab scholar Minh Dang contributed a powerful essay to the 2018 Global Slavery Index report and participated in the report launch in New York. Her essay is call to action for the antislavery movement to deepen its engagement with survivors of slavery. Minh leads the Survivor Alliance, which unites and empowers survivors of slavery around the world. Incubated in the Rights Lab, the Survivor Alliance focuses on leadership capacity-building for survivors.

Rights Lab Associate Director Dr. Alex Trautrims works with Walk Free and WikiRate to evaluate the quality of Modern Slavery Statements that are produced by companies in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act. Alex has also worked with Walk Free on this co-developed resource for businesses.

 “Walk Free Foundation and Nottingham share a deep commitment to human rights, innovation and the importance of data to driving social change. This partnership will enable us to look at modern slavery from new angles, whether through the use of geospatial mapping to identify slavery sites or economics to understand the true costs to society of this crime. Far from being an academic exercise, this is research to inform action.”

-- Fiona David, Executive Director of Global Research at Walk Free Foundation

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UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Office

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www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk

Part 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 established the role of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC). The Commissioner has a UK wide remit to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims. The role was created to spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery.

The aims of the Commissioner are twofold: to see an increase in the number of victims of modern slavery that are identified and referred for appropriate support; and, in tandem, to see an increase in the number of prosecutions and convictions of traffickers and slave masters.

The Rights Lab has published several jointly-authored reports with IASC, on areas as varied as multi-agency partnerships, slavery and agriculture, and a survey of UK modern slavery research, with new reports forthcoming on slavery and environmental destruction, car-washes and other topics.  In October 2018, IASC and the Rights Lab will also launch a new joint online Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit.

Rights Lab Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics, Sir Bernard Silverman, serves on the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel.

“One of my five key strategic priorities is to identify, promote and facilitate partnership working in the fight against modern slavery. To this end, I am delighted to be working with the University of Nottingham.”

-- Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK’s First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (2015-2018)

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Clewer Initiative

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www.theclewerinitiative.org

The Clewer Initiative is a 3-year project to enable Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.  It involves working with the Church locally, identifying resources that can be utilised, developing partnerships with others, and creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together. Nationally, it involves developing a network of practitioners committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidenced based data to resource the Church's national engagement with statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The Rights Lab works with the Clewer Initiative on in-depth monitoring and evaluation of its programme, led by Rights Lab Associate Director Dr. Alison Gardner. We also partner on Clewer’s innovative safe car wash app, designed to help members of the public identify and report modern slavery in the hand carwash sector.

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UK Home Office Modern Slavery Unit

The Home Office Modern Slavery Unit was a provision of the 2014 Modern Slavery Strategy. Its role is to coordinate delivery of the strategy in the Home Office.

The Rights Lab has worked with the MSU since 2017, providing research findings, contributing to the shaping of its research priorities, supporting Nottingham City Council with its delivery of one of the national Home Office-DCLG pilots for the Victims of Modern Slavery Local Authority Pathway Programme, and delivering specialist training on modern slavery monitoring and evaluation.

Our Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics, Sir Bernard Silverman, was formerly the Home Office Chief Scientific Advisor.

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Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority

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www.gla.gov.uk

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) is a Non Departmental Public Body governed by an independent Board made up of a chair and six members, who were recruited for their respective knowledge, experience and skills. It works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers. GLAA’s licensing scheme regulates businesses who provide workers to the fresh produce supply chain and horticulture industry, to make sure they meet the employment standards required by law.

Rights Lab Associate Director Dr. Alex Trautrims serves on GLAA’s construction industry forum.

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Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

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www.business-humanrights.org

BHRRC tracks the human rights policy and performance of over 7500 companies in over 180 countries, making information publicly available. It engages with companies and governments to urge them to share information publicly, works to strengthen corporate accountability, helps communities and NGOs to get companies to address human rights concerns, and provide companies an opportunity to present their response in full.

Rights Lab Associate Director Dr. Alex Trautrims partners with BHRRC on a joint project to explore the interaction between antislavery legislation and supply chain design and practice to advance the eradication of modern slavery from supply chains. The research is set in the UK-Brazil beef and timber supply chains, and is informing future supply chain decisions and law-making for the eradication of modern slavery.

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United Nations Centre for Policy Research

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The Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University in New York is an independent think tank within the UN system. It combines research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.  Its Director, Dr James Cockayne, is Project Director for Delta 8.7 – a Knowledge Platform exploring what works to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour, an aim set out in Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Rights Lab professors Kevin Bales and Sir Bernard Silverman serve on the Delta 8.7 working group. 

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Freedom United

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www.freedomunited.org

Freedom United reduces demand for modern slavery by inspiring global society to become life-long abolitionists through learning and sharing knowledge. It channels that commitment to anti-slavery organizations through giving and taking actions that call on governments and companies to end modern slavery.

In 2018, we are launching a new version of our online course, Ending Slavery, in partnership with Freedom United’s “Freedom University.”

Rights Lab Research Director Professor Kevin Bales also serves on the Freedom United Board of Advisors.

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Tomnod

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Tomnod is a project of the satellite company DigitalGlobe. It uses crowdsourcing to identify objects and places in satellite images. The Rights Lab works with Tomnod on crowdsourcing analysis of satellite images to help identify brick kilns in the ‘brick belt’ region of South Asia, a high prevalence industry for bonded and forced labour. Rights Lab Associate Director Dr Doreen Boyd and her team use this data provide the first accurate maps of the location and size of kilns in the region. This is a tool for the planning and delivery of on-the-ground antislavery work.

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