Dr Genevieve LeBaron, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Research Fellow at SPERI, has been awarded an ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Networks grant, ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: Towards Decent Work for All.’ Through the grant, LeBaron and her collaborators will bring together global stakeholders to map the knowledge terrain and co-define an original research agenda around the 8th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 8). This aims to achieve “decent work for all” through what Target 8.7 describes as “immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour” by 2030.

LeBaron is a Co-Investigator on the grant, along with Professors Julia O’Connell Davidson (Bristol), Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University), Joel Quirk (University of the Witwatersrand), and Drs Azfar Khan (International Labour Organization) and Neil Howard (European University Institute). The team will be led by Principal Investigator Dr Prabha Kotiswaran at the Dickson Poon School of Law at Kings College, London.