Rights Lab Discover how we can end slavery

We are home to the world's leading contemporary slavery experts and have built the world's first large-scale research platform for ending slavery.

The Sustainable Development Goals call for an end to slavery by 2030. With governments and NGOs, we are designing new research-led antislavery interventions to help achieve this. Our 16 projects, including the three featured here, demonstrate the Freedom Dividend: a safer, greener, more prosperous and equal world for everyone when slavery is brought to an end.

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Slavery can't hide from satellites

The world’s first Geospatial Slavery Observatory

We are identifying the specific locations of slavery activity using satellite technology. We then ‘ground-truth’ the data, and use crowd-sourcing and machine-learning techniques to support our observations. Our eyes in the sky are aiding on-the-ground interventions.

  • 46 million slaves worldwide
  • 13,000 slaves in the UK
  • A UN Sustainable
    Development Goal Target to end slavery by 2030
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  • 46 million
    slaves worldwide
  • 13,000 slaves
    in the UK
  • A UN Sustainable
    Development Goal Target
    to end slavery by 2030

Securing slavery-free supply chains

Helping to tackle slavery in our goods and products

Slaves supply us with many of the things we buy. But we detect slavery in supply chains, change supply chain design in response, and engage industry as a key change mechanism. Our research helps businesses to ensure they aren’t using slave labour.

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Slavery-free cities

Nottingham – the world's first slavery-free city

We examine slavery as a local issue, and are working to achieve the world’s first slavery-free city and community in Nottinghamshire. As we tackle slavery as a global problem, we champion the importance of local action.

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Rights Lab courses

Find out how we can achieve a slavery-free
world with our MA degree and free open online course

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A world-first in slavery and liberation

Study for the world's first MA degree in how to end slavery.

Taught by world-leading experts, this internationally recognised distance learning course is the first of its kind. It will introduce you to key concepts and challenges in slavery, liberation, and human rights.

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Open online course

Find out how we will achieve a slavery-free world with this free four-week course.

Join thousands of learners from more than 100 countries to debate and shape solutions for the next phase of the contemporary antislavery movement.

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