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Dr Mick Wilkinson

Lecturer in Race and Social Justice

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 465796

Mick is Permanent Associate at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).

His academic interests include social justice; slavery in the 21st century; transnational organised crime; inequalities and social divisions; poverty and social exclusion; power, resistance and rebellion; migration; refugees and asylum; and race, racism and multiculturalism.

Mick is an ex-Yorkshire miner and punk lyricist whose other great passion is for countercultures and radical forms of expression in music, theatre and the arts.



Research Interests

  • Social justice
  • Slavery in the 21st century
  • Inequalities and social divisions
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • Power, resistance and rebellion
  • Migration
  • Refugees and asylum
  • 'Race,' racism and multiculturalism

Research groups

Mick welcomes approaches for collaborative research that is policy relevant.



'Demonising 'the other': British Government complicity in the exploitation and vilification of migrant workers', Citizenship Studies, Vol 18, Issue 5, special issue on 'The Body as a Site for Politics: Practices of Contemporary Slavery', July 2014.

'Out of sight, out of mind. The exploitation of migrant workers in 21st Century UK'. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, special issue on Migration, 2012.

'Wilful negligence: migration policy, migrants’ work and the absence of social protection in the UK'. In Carmel, Emma, et al (eds) Migration and welfare in the new Europe: Social protection and the challenges of integration. Policy Press 2011

Forced labour in the UK and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, University of Hull, 2010

Contemporary Slavery in the United Kingdom: Overview and key issues. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2007

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Key Issues in Identity Politics


  • 'Race’ and Social Justice
  • Inequalities, Social Divisions & Social Change
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Politics, Policy and Action
  • Equality and Diversity: Policy and Practice

Research PhDs

Mick is particularly interested in supervising postgraduate study in contemporary slavery, asylum seekers and the asylum process, ‘race’ relations and Islamophobia.

Completed PhDs

  • R. Shepherd: The scale and extent of Forced Labour in the UK: Can existing legislative and administrative arrangements address the problem? Awarded, 2018.
  • Z. Boyd: Contextualising slavery: A framework for understanding the relationship between the enslaver and the enslaved. Awarded 2016
  • K.Dukiya: The power elite and the paradox of poverty amidst plenty in Nigeria. Awarded 2015
  • J. Walsh: Displaying Families: exploring the significance of ‘display’ in a city that is increasingly culturally diverse. Awarded 2015.
  • Y. Yang: Development of a Scale to Measure Public Trust in the U.K Charitable Sector. Awarded 2015

Current PhD supervisions

  • L. Okech-Appiah: A study into Human Trafficking from Africa to Western Europe
  • A. Brachau: People Trafficking from Albania

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Senior Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics, University of Hull, 1996
  • Master of Arts (with distinction) in Third World Politics, University of Hull, 1990

External roles

  • Member or past member of groups including Hull City Council Research Group for City Matters; the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) Research Forum; East Riding Community Cohesion Forum; Kingston Upon Hull Race Equality Committee; Hull City Vision (LSP) Steering Committee on the Local Compact; Hull & East Riding BME / Police Liaison Group; and Hull Refugee Sector Network.
  • Served on the management committees of Humberside All Nations Alliance and Hull Scrapstore and as Trustee of the North Bank Forum for voluntary organisations.
  • Regularly called upon by media outlets, locally, (BBC Radio Humberside, Viking Radio, Look North, Calendar TV News) and nationally (BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News, BBC News 24, Sky TV News, BBC Radio Five Live, Press TV, Big Issue).

Awards and accolades

  • Involved in successful bids for total funding upwards of £750,000, leading research on gangmasters and modern slavery.


Professional highlights

Presentations include:

  • 'Negligence Most Profound: HM Government culpability in the growth of modern slavery in the UK.' To Headingley Development Trust, (HEART) Leeds,  Feb. 2018 '
  • The rhetoric and the reality of tacking modern slavery in the Brexit era.'  To U3A, Hunmanby, Nov. 2017
  • 'Neoliberalism and the destruction of the Welfare State'. To Hull People’s Politics Oct. 2016
  • 'Migrant workers in the UK and in the region: the solidarity imperative'. To Hull Trades Council, Feb 2016
  • 'Swimming against the tide: Destitution as an instrument of Government'. To Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Forward Partnership Conference, Hull University, Aug. 2015.
  • 'A Safety net shredded on the playing fields of Eton'. To Financial Inclusion Conference, Hull & East Riding CAB, Hull, Sept. 2014.
  • 'Not fit for Purpose: UK Government approaches to tackling trafficking for sexual slavery'. To University of the Third Age, Hull, June, 2014.
  • 'One step forward, two steps back. Who will protect the unprotected?' To the Forced Labour Monitoring Group policy forum ‘Forced labour: Current Issues and Debates’ London, Jan. 2013
  • 'Trafficking for the UK sex trade'. To the Inner Wheel Club, AGM, Hull, Jan. 2013
  • 'Who will Protect the Unprotected? Trafficking and sexual slavery in the UK'. To ‘Modern Slavery, Women & Resistance,’ International Women’s Day Conference, Guildhall, Hull, March 2012