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Caroline Emberson

Research Fellow

Caroline joined the University of Nottingham in March 2017. She is working, with Dr Alexander Trautrims, on the Rights Lab ‘Unchained supply’ project which engages closely with practitioners to better understand, and to effect change in, modern slavery supply chain risk.

Current work includes two key projects: an evaluation of modern slavery risk in the labour supply chains of adult social care in Nottinghamshire and mapping the supply chains of Brazilian timber and meat products supplied to the UK. Both projects draw on a conceptual model of the challenges of modern slavery in supply chains developed by Stefan Gold, Alexander Trautrims and Zoe Trodd.

Her role builds upon practical and academic experience in supply chain management. She has held various senior management roles at Coats Viyella Clothing, a supplier to Marks and Spencer. And, in 2009, completed a competitive, ESRC-funded PhD which examined actors’ inter-organisational information system use in retail supply networks. She has also held an EPSRC-funded research fellowship investigating the behavioural aspects of customer-responsive supply chain management and lectureships in management and retail management at The Open University.

In addition to her research in modern slavery supply chain risk, Caroline’s interests include the behavioural aspects of supply chain management.


Public Engagement Activities

Caroline presented her work in adult social care to front-line practitioners, policy-makers, and others involved in local anti-slavery partnerships at the ‘Collaborating for freedom: strengthening anti-slavery partnerships’ conference held at the University of Nottingham in November 2017.

She has also designed and delivered a developmental training session for Nottinghamshire City Council social workers on ‘Forced labour and domestic servitude: modern slavery risks in adult social care’.


In the summer of 2017 Caroline received an ESRC grant of £5,000. Working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County council, this award will support an investigation into modern slavery risk in the ‘direct payment’ supply chain of Nottinghamshire County Council.