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About Nicola Phillips

Nicola Phillips is Professor of Political Economy and the Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research interests focus on global economic governance, labour in global production, and forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy. Between 2010 and 2013, she held a prestigious Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust, for work on forced labour and human trafficking, and she has researched, published and consulted widely on these topics. She is also currently the Chair of the British International Studies Association.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What has forced labour to do with poverty?

Income-based measures of poverty are unreliable for determining who is most vulnerable to forced labour. More nuanced understandings of vulnerability are required to effectively reduce forced labour in the global economy.

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