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Siddharth Kara

British Academy Global Professor and Rights Lab Associate Professor of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery


Siddharth Kara (Sociology and Social Policy) is part of the Rights Lab's Measurement and Geographies Programme and is a British Academy Global Professor (2020-2024). He was one of only 10 academics globally to receive the prestigious BA Global Professorship in 2020. His books on modern slavery are Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (2009); Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia (2012); and Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective (2017). He adapted his first book into a Hollywood film, Trafficked. During 22 years of field research, he has traveled to more than 50 countries to document the cases of thousands of enslaved people and child labourers. He advises several UN agencies and numerous governments on anti-slavery policy and law. His research as a BA Global Professor with the Rights Lab will provide the first comprehensive academic study of slavery and child labour in cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including prevalence estimates, supply chain tracing, and public health and environmental impacts. Kara's next book is also on this topic, Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our lives (St Martin's Press, Jan 2023).


Research Project

Cobalt Mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo


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