Rights Lab Research Fellow in Geographies of Modern Slavery and Labour Precarity
Dr Kieran Phelan works as part of the Rights Lab’s Ecosystems and Environment Programme exploring the intersections between modern slavery, labour precarity, supply chain transparency and the environment. With an interest in hidden workforces, he conducts qualitative and ethnographically rooted research which explores the political and cultural economies of the environment, work and supply chains. His specialisms are in the fashion and fishing industries, and his research seeks to generate research insights which centres place, lived experience and worker voice in understanding vulnerability and resilience. He recently completed a PhD in Human Geography which explored labour transparency and branding through the study of a well-known luxury brand. He also has experience working within supply chain activism, has worked with industry and policy stakeholders, and has extensive experience teaching on the labour, governance and branding practices of fashion and food supply chains.