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The Education Dividend

In this extensive examination of the crucial role of education and training in antislavery, we show how education can help individuals and groups move from slavery and indecent work to decent work and sustainable livelihoods. Working to develop better interventions related to the education-slavery relationship, and improve policy and practice initiatives that seek to better the lives of former slaves, we are tackling the following questions: 1. What do individual ex-slaves aspire to in terms of their well-being and what role might education and training play in achieving their desired functionings? 2. How effectively are existing education and training interventions working with ex-slaves in terms of successful labour market outcomes? 3. How can education and training institutions better support ex-slave learners? 4. What do successful pathways look like through which individuals move from slavery through education and training to decent work / livelihoods?

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The Child Rights Lens

Addressing slavery as a crucial social challenge faced by children, we are completing a comprehensive application of a child rights lens to contemporary slavery and antislavery. We are mapping existing antislavery practice in child rights, and outlining the key elements of a child rights-based lens for ending slavery. By understanding what child rights mean for the conceptualisation of slavery, we can propose how the operationalisation of different child rights standards can affect the practice of scholars and advocates working on slavery. We aim to understand the benefits and potential shortcomings of a child rights approach to antislavery work.

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The Migration-Slavery Nexus

The last few decades have seen a rapid increase in complex migration-refugee flows between countries, as well as a growing public and policy concern around whether displaced people are vulnerable to human trafficking and slavery. However, there is little empirical research that establishes the links between migration and slavery. Instead the issues are treated separately. This project therefore bridges the gap and offers a large-scale study of the intersection between migration and contemporary slavery.   We are answering the questions: what are the processes through which migrants get trafficked and/or enslaved, within the context of ‘sending’, ‘transit’ and ‘receiving’ country environments? What are the lived experiences of migrants who are victims of trafficking and enslavement? What is the intersection between migration, forced marriage and slavery, within the context of both sending and receiving environments? What is the interface of migration, slavery and health in the context of traumatised migrants and refugees, especially those residing in camps? What potential sustainable interventions/practical solutions can help to address the challenges faced by deprived migrant communities (including the formerly enslaved and refugees residing in camps)? We engage with the lived experiences of different groups of migrants and the national, regional and international environments that induce slavery as well as the policies and responses to both migration and contemporary slavery.

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Naomi Lott

Naomi's research focuses on the child's right to play and its implementation and incorporation within the national context.

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Professor Aoife Nolan