Forced Labour, Child Labour, Human Trafficking: Explaining the Resilience of the Worst Forms of Labour Exploitation in the Global Economy

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm


Liu Institute for Global Issue, Multipurpose Room
6476 NW Marine Drive V6T 1Z2
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 4.728" N, 123° 15' 34.4304" W

January 24, 2013 4:30 PM, Liu Institute for Global Issues, The University of British Columbia

Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield will speak about labour exploitation in the global economy. Reception to follow.  

Director’s Welcome: Peter Dauvergne, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Introduced by: Jamie Peck, Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy

With the evolution of global production and trade networks, the persistence and resilience of the worst forms of labour exploitation have been remarkable, but these issues are rarely integrated into associated debates. In this talk, Professor Phillips will set out an explanation for how and why the worst forms of exploitation arise, persist and/or are entrenched in contemporary processes of production and trade. She will explore the increasing array of public and private initiatives that have emerged in response to these problems in global production and supply chains, highlighting the significant contradictions and inconsistencies contained within those responses. She will conclude by considering the implications of these arguments for ongoing debates about the relationship between production, trade and development in the global political economy.

Nicola Phillips is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. Her research and teaching focuses on the political economy of development, with particular interests in labour in global production networks, unfree labour and human trafficking, and migration and development. Her most recent booksare Development (with Anthony Payne, Polity, 2010), and, as editor, International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future (with Catherine Weaver, Routledge, 2010), and Migration in the Global Political Economy (Lynne Rienner, 2011).

Hosted by the Liu Institute’s Working Group on Labor in the Global Economy.