The 2020 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop will take place online on the theme of ‘Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’. This virtual event will be hosted by University of Nottingham. The workshop will mark the UN’s International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The focus of this day each year, 2 December, is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery. The workshop will also mark the moment when the global community enters the Decade of Delivery for the seventeen UN Sustainable Delivery Goals (SDGs), with only 10 years left to achieve the goals by the end of 2030.
There are an estimated 40m people in modern slavery around the world today. 193 countries have committed to ending slavery by 2030, with UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7. Achieving this goal will require rigorous research that spans every discipline: new data on prevalence, geospatial mapping of slavery sites, action-research with communities about local vulnerability and resilience factors, narrative analysis of survivor accounts and legal work on global antislavery legislation.
This work encompasses the social sciences, humanities and sciences to understand the root causes of slavery in relationship to poverty, gender discrimination, unsafe migration, environmental destruction, supply chain structures, conflict, terrorism, democracy, trade and many other SDG issues. An effective movement to end slavery by 2030 will require not just rigorous research that underpins new policy, but interdisciplinary research collaborations that generate scalable solutions to this pressing global challenge.
The virtual workshop will give participants a chance to exchange knowledge and ideas across disciplines and borders. They will develop their own research networks and have the opportunity to work towards publishing special journal issues of co-authored articles (already secured).
Due to uncertainties surrounding global travel and the C-19 pandemic, this year’s ECR Workshop will take place online. It will be hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Researcher Academy and the Rights Lab - the world’s largest and leading group of modern slavery researchers. This workshop will bring together the most interdisciplinary and international ECR community ever assembled on the topic of modern slavery.
Alongside keynotes by leading figures globally and a series of online sessions by ECRs on emerging themes, the workshop will include:
- sessions to jointly develop and pitch for seed funding to deliver new collaborative research projects
- pre-scheduled academic ‘match-making’ sessions to establish potential collaborations on journal articles, funded projects and additional future work
- joint sessions to develop ideas for co-authored articles
- virtual informal networking opportunities
- sessions focused on researcher development
The 2020 cohort will have access to the Rights Lab’s large team (80+ academics, including a large ECR community) and will be invited to form, by the end of the workshop, a new global network of ECRs who research modern slavery.
Early career academics from all disciplines are welcome to join. They should have been awarded their PhD within the last 8 years; this definition is flexible with each university having the discretion to nominate ECRs who fall outside this definition, due to an atypical career path, including those who have:
- started the research-intensive component of their career later
- had career breaks
- spent time in industry
Each U21 member university may nominate up to 10 researchers to attend the workshop. To be eligible for the workshop researchers must have been awarded their PhD and have no more than 8 years post-PhD experience (exceptions are noted on the nomination form). The cost of attending the workshop is covered by U21.