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How can we improve equality, diversity and inclusion in modern slavery research?

Podcast discussing the lack of diversity in modern slavery research and ways to improve it.

Published: 28th June 2022

“The people who produce research are usually white middle class, the funders of research – white middle class, the evaluators - white middle class, everyone is white middle class.

But the people who are usually affected by research are usually the subjects, who don’t have a say what is researched and how they are researched.”

The lack of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has hindered modern slavery research for a long time. Simply speaking, how can we fully understand the issue of modern slavery if people and communities who it really affects aren’t truly a part of it?

On this episode of the Modern Slavery PEC podcast we're discussing the lack of diversity in modern slavery research, what we need to do to improve it, as well as our own Modern Slavery PEC's strategy to change it.

In the first part of the podcast we're discussing a situation in the wider modern slavery sector with Debbie Ariyo from AFRUCA, whose work on improving diversity in the modern slavery sector has led to founding BASNET, the UK BME Anti-Slavery Network.

In the second part, we're talking to Niki Kalyvides, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at the Modern Slavery PEC to discuss what we as a Centre are doing to improve diversity in modern slavery research.

You can find the Modern Slavery PEC EDI Strategy and Action Plan here. If you have feedback, questions or suggestions, please email Niki Kalyvides on n.kalyvides@modernslaverypec.org.