SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

The knowledge exchange platform on forced labour and asylum

Dr Hannah Lewis (University of Leeds)

Date: 29 October 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 29 October 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

Trafficking and forced labour is receiving growing public and policy attention, yet responses continue to be shaped by powerful images that construct only certain types of workers as potential ‘victims’. This talk will reflect on a ESRC Knowledge Exchange project to develop a ‘Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum’ with the aim to translate academic findings into tools for tackling forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers. This was a follow-up to the first UK study to focus on forced labour experiences among refugees and asylums seekers – a group not commonly considered in trafficking approaches. The Platform brought together academics and civil society partners including NGOs, unions, legal representatives and charities. The talk will describe the work done by the Platform to produce a guide, posters and postcards for people working in frontline advice and support agencies, the challenges of developing straightforward guidance from research seeking to highlight social complexity, and the benefits and challenges of this type of ‘knowledge exchange’

Dr Hannah Lewis is a Critical Human Geography Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Her work focuses on how immigration policy and processes of migration shape migrants’ everyday lives and experiences of work, community, leisure and transnational relationships.

Organiser: Dr Anna Lindley

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