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Ecosystems and the Environment

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Our Ecosystems and the Environment Programme is asking: how is environmental change interconnected with modern slavery? Our emergent research demonstrates that modern slavery activities create, exacerbate, and are preconditioned by climate change and environmental degradation. Better understanding this nexus is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing a more equitable and ecologically resilient and adaptive society in the context of a warming Earth, altered ecosystems, and environmentally-induced migration.

 In the Rights Lab’s Ecosystems and the Environment Programme, environmental scientists, geographers, development studies experts, and sustainable business specialists are working across disciplines to identify, understand, and measure how modern slavery immediately and distally contribute to climate change and environmental degradation, and how climate change and environmental degradation, in turn, increase vulnerabilities to slavery. This includes mapping the ecological dimensions of human vulnerability to modern slavery and the synchronous occurrence of environmental degradation and modern slavery in agricultural, forest, marine, and freshwater ecosystems.

 For example, with partners we are producing the first global risk map of fishing ports vulnerable to illegal fishing and/or modern slavery based on primary data. From this, front-line responders and other partners are allocating services to more efficaciously combat modern slavery in capture fisheries. Additionally, we are advancing the narrative of the slavery-environmental degradation nexus from conceptual to empirical by moving beyond the use of extrapolated data and proxies to collect empirical qualitative and quantitative evidence to build models to aid in causal inferencing.

 

 Programme Experts

 

Jess Sparks

Jess Sparks

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Rights Lab Associate Director (Ecosystems and the Environment) and Assistant Professor in Antislavery Ecosystems
Bethany Jackson

Bethany Jackson

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Rights Lab Senior Research Fellow in Modern Slavery and Sustainable Ecosystems
Kieran Phelan

Kieran Phelan

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Geographies of Modern Slavery and Labour Precarity
Edgar Rodríguez-Huerta

Edgar Rodríguez-Huerta

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Sustainable Ecosystems and Society
Bobbie Blair

Bobbie Blair

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Rights Lab PhD Student in Geography
Vanessa Jaiteh

Vanessa Jaiteh

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Rights Lab Research Fellow in Fishing Vessel Safety and Labour Conditions
Lara Bianchi

Lara Bianchi

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Business and Society
Thom Davies

Thom Davies

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice
Lee Matthews

Lee Matthews

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Business and Society
Chris Ives

Chris Ives

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor of Environment and Society
Anne Touboulic

Anne Touboulic

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Rights Lab Associate Professor in Operations Management
Robert Caruana

Robert Caruana

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Rights Lab Professor of Business Ethics
Luis Torres

Luis Torres

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Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour, Business & Society

 

 

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