Closing Date Monday, 24th February 2020
Job Type Research
Department The Rights Lab
This is an exciting opportunity to join the visionary research team in the Rights Lab Beacon of Excellence, which is home to the world’s leading modern slavery experts and hosts a large-scale research platform for ending slavery. The Rights Lab works with a global community of policy-makers, civil society actors and businesses – a community with a shared vision of ending slavery in our lifetime.
Our prestigious internal fellowship schemes are a fundamental part of our Research Vision and aim to recruit the next generation of internal research leaders. We will be recruiting a diverse cohort of 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2022 and as part of this we are particularly interested to recruit outstanding candidates to the Rights Lab Beacon and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Beacon fellows will be supported to develop an independent research career, whilst actively contributing to the aims of the Beacon Research Programme.
We support applicants from diverse career paths and background and also welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities.
We are inviting applications in the following two areas:
Modern Slavery Perpetrators and Cyber Crime
Organised crime is a threat to citizens, businesses, state institutions and the economy as a whole. Transnational organised crime groups use private sector networks to facilitate criminal activities, and increasingly, human traffickers rely on the internet and darknet to operate criminal enterprises, using them to buy, sell, or coordinate people. Human trafficking also intersects with other forms of organised crime, including terrorism, money laundering, environmental crime, smuggling of counterfeit goods, and drugs, arms, and wildlife trafficking, and has been linked to broader technology-driven crimes. Yet while there is an acknowledgement that online technologies are being used as a means to exploit people, and that they can play a role in detection and criminal investigation, little work exists investigating the nature of online exchanges between (potential) victims and offenders in the process of trafficking and exploitation. This Nottingham Research Fellowship will therefore explore the internet’s role in facilitating contemporary forms of slavery – as a pervasive and varied form of organised crime that quickly adapts its business models. It will examine how perpetrator techniques are evolving through the use of technology, and will aim to co-design new interventions with key-stakeholders, including the police, other public bodies, private enterprise and the voluntary sector. How are nefarious actors using the internet to facilitate modern slavery? How and to what extent are particular online technologies being used to exploit and enslave? What can we learn about slavery perpetrators (behaviour, techniques, and the vulnerabilities they exploit) by analysing online interactions between and about communities and groups that are potentially vulnerable to exploitation? What are the promising anti-slavery and anti-trafficking practices, strategies, and responses that can alleviate further vulnerabilities? What role can key stakeholders and private enterprise play in better protecting vulnerable communities from exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous actors online? What innovations can help us better understand the presence or emergence of modern slavery as an organised online crime? What role can increased technological sophistication play in tackling modern slavery, and how can the private and public sectors make effective use of cyber-crime prevention strategies? What are the collaboration mechanisms for cyber-crime prevention? The fellowship bridges the divides between criminology, information systems and business management, incorporating a range of approaches for designing and applying solutions to human trafficking as a form of organised crime and an online business model.
Modern Slavery and Antislavery Governance
Legislative action is central to antislavery efforts, yet there has been little systematic collection and analysis of legislation concerning slavery. Many States have developed their legal frameworks on the basis of an incomplete evidence-base, often demonstrating a limited understanding of relevant international frameworks and slavery as an institution. The limited scope of available evidence and analysis also does not provide for comprehensive investigation into the factors that drive and inhibit State action, or the degree to which this action contributes to the goal of ending slavery. This Nottingham Research Fellowship will therefore focus on the evolution and impact of legislation on slavery, its interaction with other frameworks, and its context of international institutions. It will examine the context, nature, and impact of antislavery frameworks in order to identify what effective governance of slavery looks, and to create a roadmap for effective antislavery governance in the future. How can States construct the legal frameworks for effective antislavery governance? How can they adopt a multi-level approach accounting for the positions and perspectives of the full range of actors and stakeholders engaged, and continuously learning from evidence and practice? How have international definitions of slavery been translated and interpreted in domestic legislation globally? What are the requirements of effective national legal governance of slavery from the perspective of survivors? What are the factors that contribute to, and inhibit, effective antislavery governance? The fellowship bridges the divides between politics, international relations, law, international development and human rights, incorporating a range of approaches.
This fellowship offers:
Eligibility: Candidates must have been awarded their PhD. This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than 8 years’ postdoctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage.
How to apply:
EOI deadline 31st January 2020, full application deadline 24th February 2020. Interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants in March 2020.
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|Title||Nottingham Research Fellowship Opportunities in the Rights Lab Beacon – Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Employer||University of Nottingham|
|Job location||University Park, NG7 2RD Nottingham|
|Published||January 22, 2020|
|Application deadline||February 24, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc,   Researcher  |
|Fields||Criminology,   Human rights,   Social Research  |