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Our team is made up of scholars, research fellows, postgraduate students and affiliates. Together they study both historical and contemporary exploitation, gaining unique insights to help in the fight to eradicate modern slavery in all of its forms
Director of the Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation
Senior Lecturer in Diaspora History
Dr Evans' research focuses on voluntary and coerced migration to, through and from Britain.
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Dr Gooptar focuses on stories of the enslaved and exploring the links between British organisations and historical slavery.
Professor of Criminology and Victimology
Professor Green's research is primarily in the fields of victimology, vulnerabilities and crime control.
Lecturer in Modern Slavery
Dr Heys works with the Risk Assessment Service to identify potential risks of labour exploitation in business supply chains and pursues research related to all forms of 'modern slavery' and human trafficking.
Dr Ogunniyi's interests lie in the areas of modern slavery, children’s rights, human rights, and international law broadly construed, with a particular focus on Africa.
Dr Shirgholami's interests include forced labour and modern slavery, precarious forms of work, business and human rights, sustainable supply chains and enterprises, and governance.
Manager, Justice Hub and Coordinator of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership.
Andrew brings 10 years’ experience as a practitioner working with at-risk groups to coordinate the Anti-Slavery agenda across Humberside.
Lecturer at the Wilberforce Institute
Dr Spicksley is an economic and social historian whose research currently focuses on the relationship between enslavement and debt.
Director of Modern Slavery Risk Assessments/ Head of Business Risk Assessment Services
Ms Talens advises businesses on how to eradicate slavery from their supply chains.
Falling through the net PhD cluster
Supervisors: Dr Nicholas Evans and Dr Judith Spicksley
Living with the consequences of slavery PhD cluster
Supervisors: Dr Elsbeth Robson, Dr Judith Spicksley and Professor Lewis Holloway
Water, Slavery, and Unfree Labour in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire
Supervisors: Professor Trevor Burnard and Professor Briony McDonagh
Supervisors: Dr Judith Spicksley and Dr Mick Wilkinson
Researching the perpetrators of organised child sexual exploitation across the UK
Supervisors: Professor Dan Parsons and Professor Trevor Burnard
Surveillance, migration and identity in Brexit Britain
Supervisors: Dr Michael McCahill and Dr Nicola O'Leary
The memorialisation of transatlantic slavery in museums of black heritage and the uses of art
Supervisors: Professor Helen Johnston and Dr Susan Ashley (Northumbria University)
Differential characteristics of marginalization and vulnerability of sexual minority groups to exploitation in South Asian countries: The Transgender community in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan
Supervisors: Professor Helen Johnston and Dr Alicia Kidd
Survivalists: Communities and kinship in enslaved and Maroon societies during the 17th and 18th centuries in South Carolina and the Caribbean.
Supervisors: Professor Trevor Burnard and Dr Nicholas Evans
Contemporary Slavery and The Refugee Child: Human trafficking risks in European refugee camps
Supervisors: Professor Simon Green and Dr Alicia Kidd
Professor of Criminology
Professor Johnston is an expert in the history of crime and punishment from the year 1750 onwards.
Professor of Law
Professor Johnstone's interests include punishment, restorative justice and overcriminalisation.
Emeritus Professor of History and Emancipation
A former director of the Wilberforce Institute, Professor Oldfield’s interests lie in the history of slavery and abolition.
Emeritus Professor and a former director of the Wilberforce Institute, as well as one of its three original founders.
Professor Richardson is a leading expert on slavery, and on the transatlantic slave trade in particular.
Professor Michael Turner is one of the three original founders of the Wilberforce Institute, although his expertise lies in land tenure, and in particular the history of copyhold land.
Lecturer in Race and Social Justice
Dr Wilkinson’s research interests include 21st century slavery and transnational organised crime.
Chair of Global History, University of Leeds
Independent Forensic Social Work Consultant & Criminologist
He has acted as an expert adviser to police and prosecutors in cases of trafficking and modern slavery since 2014. His doctoral research developed a new theoretical model for understanding, describing and explaining Child Criminal Exploitation
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at the Victoria University
Educator and Project Lead
Freelance - working to broaden historic and contemporary narratives to include people of African descent.
Head of Advocacy at Eurochild
Honorary Research Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull
Lecturer in French, University College, Cork
Research interests are focused in the areas of Francophone Postcolonial Studies and Slavery Studies.
Professor of Scottish and Irish History and Director of the Centre for Global Migrations, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Professor McCarthy’s research interests cover a range of global migrations including the forced migration of slaves and refugees.
He is concerned with modern slavery amongst asylum seekers & third world workers with asbestos & other hazardous materials
Community activist and champion of female and race equality
She has helped the Wilberforce Institute strengthen its involvement in Black History Month across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. She served on the board of the UK City of Culture (2017) and Freedom Festival (2008 to present)
Professor in Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
His research focuses upon slavery and abolition, human mobility and human rights, repairing historical wrongs, and the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa.
Honorary Research Fellow
Research on History of the Jewish People in the Greco Roman Period and Slavery in the Ancient World
Co-director of VENTURESMITH.org and President of Beecher House Center for Equal Rights
Professor of History, Politics and Sociology, University of Worcester
I work with mediums of video and installation, blurring boundaries between documentary and fiction to create immersive environments highlighting issues of 'humanism'
PhD candidate in visual research funded through the North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities (NECAH) at the University of Hull.
Professor of History Emeritus at the University of York.
Teacher of Religious Studies, History and Classics
Research interests focus on the histories and legacies of slavery, lessons for today and education, truth telling and reparations.
Formerly Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wilberforce Institute, Dr Wills studies Britain's role in historic slavery and abolition.
Research: Slavery in the early modern British Atlantic economy with a focus on the Caribbean.
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