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About Siobhán McGrath

Dr. Siobhán McGrath is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University in the UK. Her research on forced labour and degrading work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals

Articles by Siobhán McGrath

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Addressing forced labour in fragmented chains of production

What are the prospects for protecting workers in global supply chains? From UN principles to business and worker efforts, the range of initiatives is impressive – but many remain seriously flawed.

Mapping the politics of national rankings in the movement against “modern slavery”

The Global Slavery Index uses questionable data and ignores global interdependence to frame modern slavery as an issue rooted in the Global South. It exculpates the Global North of its continuing role in extreme exploitation and perpetuates a politics of rescue.

The US' troubling turn as global anti-trafficking sheriff

 The much-lauded US Tier ranking system monitors foreign governments' efforts to combat trafficking. But this obscures the US' role in actually creating conditions which contribute to labor exploitation and trafficking.

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