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About James Esson

James Esson was educated at Newcastle University and the University of Oxford. He was awarded his doctorate at University College London and is currently a lecturer in Human Geography at Loughborough University.

Articles by James Esson

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Modern slavery, child trafficking, and the rise of West African football academies

Ghanaian football academies have been accused of exploiting talent and promoting trafficking in search of profit, but the quest for social mobility in a time of economic liberalisation is what drives young footballers into the industry in the first place.

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