Our mission is to enhance understanding of modern slavery across the globe and transform the effectiveness of law and policies designed to overcome it.
We commission impartial research to provide innovative, independent, impartial and authoritative insight and analysis on modern slavery. We aim to drive real policy change and have a transformational impact on the understanding of modern slavery and the responses to it.
We bring together academics, policymakers, businesses, civil society and the public on a scale not seen before in the UK to solve this global challenge. We build an inclusive network of networks to facilitate new collaborations capable of generating innovative solutions to modern slavery.
We want a world where people are protected from modern slavery by effective, evidence-based policies.
Modern slavery is an issue that affects millions worldwide, yet it is not widely understood or well reflected by existing laws and policies.
There’s a gap that exists between the high-quality academic research and the world of policymaking and law-making, as well as frontline work with people directly affected by modern slavery.
We want to bring together academics, policymakers, businesses, civil society and people affected by modern slavery and connect research and policymaking to transform the response to modern slavery.
We base our research on four pillars: victim and survivor support and recovery; prevention; product supply chains; and legal enforcement measures.
Our approach is rooted in human rights - protecting the essential rights, freedoms and dignity of people affected by modern slavery is at the heart of its work.
In our work, we are guided by the following values:
- Independent - we approach issues critically and without bias, letting the research and evidence guide our perspective.
- Inclusive - we seek to include everyone interested in addressing modern slavery and amplify diverse voices wherever possible, especially of those directly affected by modern slavery.
- Transparent - we answer questions with honesty and openness. We don’t mislead or hide behind ambiguity.
- Rigorous - we maintain a high-quality standard for all of our outputs.
- Collaborative - We know that modern slavery can only be solved if people work together. We create relevant connections between partners to build on our collective knowledge and make progress.
The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre is a consortium of universities and Independent Research Organisations with a track record in world-class work on modern slavery. It is led by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law) and consisting of the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool, the Bonavero Institute on Human Rights at the University of Oxford and The Alan Turing Institute.
The Centre is funded and actively supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), with input from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), with funding awarded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) from the Strategic Priorities Fund as a result of collaboration with the UK Home Office.