Our publications reflect on the history of slavery, emancipation, exploitation and migration, as well as the continuing manifestations of these issues.


Here we feature some of our collective publications. For a full list of publications by Institute members, please visit their individual staff profiles.


The Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

David Eltis and David Richardson 

(Yale University Press, 2015)

The Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 4, Slavery since 1804 AD

Seymour Drescher, David Eltis, and Stanley L. Engerman and David Richardson

(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1865

John Oldfield

(Liverpool University Press, September 2020)

Death in the Diaspora - British and Irish Gravestones

Nicholas Evans and Angela McCarthy (eds)

(Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020)

Articles and reports

The Victim, the Villain and the Rescuer: the trafficking of women and contemporary abolition

Elizabeth A. Faulkner
Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development (Special Issue, 'Gender and Development’, ed. Ann Stewart), 21 (2018), 1-14.

Approaching Contemporary Slavery Through an Historic Lens: an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Rebecca Nelson and Alicia Kidd
Journal of Modern Slavery 4, 2 (2018), 1 – 19

Contested enslavement: the Portuguese in Angola and the problem of debt, c. 1600-1800

Judith Spicksley
Itinerario, 39, Special Issue 02 (August 2015), 247-275

Pawns on the Gold Coast: the rise of Asante and shifts in security for debt, 1680-1750

Judith Spicksley
Journal of African History, 54, 2 (2013), 147-75

What are the key components of a successful awareness raising and prevention campaign to combat cross border trafficking of young people up to 25 years old?

Lorena Arocha
Report to Comic Relief UK and International Funding teams with an emphasis on Eastern Europe, Western and Southern Africa and South and South-East Asia (2012)

Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities

S.T. Green, K. Kondor and Alicia Kidd
Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10, 3 (2020), 563-583.

Book chapters

Historical Evolution of the International Legal Responses to the Trafficking of Children

Elizabeth A. Faulkner in John Winterdyk and Jackie Jones, eds, The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 1 -18

Contemporary Slavery in Historical Perspective

David Richardson in Elizabeth Swanson and James B. Stewart, eds., Human Bondage and Abolition: New Histories of Past and Present Slaveries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 41-73

The Making of a Mosaic: Migration and the Port-city of Kingston upon Hull

Nicholas J Evans in David Starkey et al. eds, Hull - Culture, History, Place (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017), 144-177 

Pedagogical Responses to the Teaching of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Diasporic Legacies in British Schools

Nicholas J Evans and Suzanne Schwarz in Paul Lovejoy and Benjamin Bowser, eds, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: Legacy and Approaches to Teaching (UNESCO and Africa World Press, 2013), 128-167

Intersections in "Trafficking" and "Child Sexual Exploitation" Policy

Lorena Arocha, in Margaret Melrose and Jenny Pearce, eds, Critical Perspectives on Child Sexual Exploitation and Related Trafficking (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 139-52

Unavoidable Exploitation? Conflict, Agency and Human Trafficking

Alicia Kidd, in H. Watson, J. Muraszkiewicz, & T. Fenton, eds, Human Trafficking in Conflict - Context, Causes and the Military (Palgrave Macmillan; i2020), 32-44.

Other outputs