Research Associate/Fellow in Antislavery Law and Policy (Fixed-term) University of Nottingham, Department of Politics and International Relations United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Antislavery Law and Policy (Fixed-term)


Closing Date
Wednesday, 29th August 2018

Job Type

Politics and International Relations

£26495 to £38833 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, the successful candidate will deliver research, stakeholder engagement and impact across two pillars of work.


First, the role-holder will work with a team led by Dr. Andrea Nicholson to examine State Responsibility and build a major database of domestic legislation related to slavery, servitude, forced labour, and human trafficking. The role-holder will then complete several layers of data analysis, build an advocacy strategy for the database’s findings, complete a comparative analysis against external databases, analyse provisions beyond prohibition and criminalisation measures, and consider relevant labour regulation. This work on slavery legislation may also include definitional work on prison labour and on forced marriage, including to design new guidelines for the legal parameters of forced marriage.


Second, the role-holder will work closely with a team led by Dr. Alison Gardner on antislavery monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Working with a key team member—the Rights Lab’s lead on M&E, Professor Todd Landman—the role-holder will complete a systematic analysis on the relative success and failure of current antislavery efforts; a network analysis of the various agencies and organisations engaged in antislavery work; causal models for antislavery success; and an assessment of current antislavery models. She/he will collaborate on training and tools for partner organisations, develop quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory approaches, and produce policy papers about different sectors or interventions targeting modern slavery.


Across both strands, the role-holder will develop new funding applications and contribute to the writing of policy and research reports for various audiences. The person appointed will have a public-facing role and represent the team externally. We anticipate that the role will be split fairly evenly across these two strands, but with variation in this division and the flexibility for increasing emphasis in a particular strand over time.


This is a full-time post, however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 30 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours. The role is available from 1 November 2018 until 31 October 2019, with the potential for continuation.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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