Combatting the Business of Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains

By jb94|November 17, 2016|East Asia, Europe, Global, Middle East, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia|0 comments

By Genevieve LeBaron. Genevieve is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sheffield and Co-Chair of the Modern Slavery Working Group at Yale University. She currently holds a British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences Rising Star Engagement Award and a UK Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders grant to investigate the global business models of forced labour.She has held visiting positions at Yale University, University

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Brewing Trouble in New York

By jb94|November 1, 2016|North America|0 comments

By Kira Brenner. Kira studied the MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development at SOAS in 2014-2015. She is now a PhD candidate in the Department of Development Studies, researching the Tunisian trade union movement since the Arab Spring. The views expressed in this article are Kira’s own, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the SOAS Department of Development Studies. I wake with a jolt at 3:30am. My two-model out

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Active Students or Unaware Workers?

By jb94|September 15, 2016|Europe|0 comments

By Eva Herman. Eva studied the MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development at SOAS part-time from 2013-2015. She now works at Middlesex University, assisting the Unpaid Britain research project, which investigates unpaid wages in Britain, and is funded by the Trust for London. The research project has a blog, which includes findings and reflections. The project can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook. The views expressed in this article are Eva’s own,

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Time to give up on Corporate Social Responsibility?

By jb94|April 1, 2016|Europe, Global, Latin America, South Asia|0 comments

By Ilona Kelly. Ilona graduated from the MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development at SOAS in  2012-2013. She is now the Campaigns Director at Labour Behind the Label, an organisation working to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry. Find out more about Labour Behind the Label here and on Twitter @labourlabel. All the views expressed in this article are Ilona’s own, and don’t necessarily reflect

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Free Trade Zones: Who wins?

By jb94|March 10, 2016|East Asia, Global, Latin America|0 comments

By Rosie Rawle. Rosie is currently studying the MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development part-time. The views expressed in this article are Rosie’s own, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the SOAS Department of Development Studies. In the tug of war over profits and terms of a new Free Trade Zone (FTZ), who wins? A flick through international relations theory would reveal two seemingly opposing sides – transnational companies (TNCs) at

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Keep calm and let the students disrupt injustice: a response to Achille Mbembe

By jb94|January 27, 2016|Africa, Europe|0 comments

By Jared Sacks. Jared is a freelance journalist and writer from South Africa and founder of a children’s non-profit organisation. He is currently studying the MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development programme at SOAS. The views expressed in this article are Jared’s own, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the SOAS Department of Development Studies. Twitter: @jaredsacks1 Medium: @jaredsacks This article originally appeared on The Daily Vox. As township struggle seeps into elite spaces such

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Will the TPP be good for workers in Vietnam?

By df9|November 30, 2015|Southeast Asia|3 comments

By Joe Buckley. Joe studied the MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development programme at SOAS from 2012-2013. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Development Studies Department at SOAS, researching labour informalisation in Vietnam. The views expressed in this article are Joe’s own, and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the SOAS Department of Development Studies. International trade deals are often condemned because of the effect they will have on workers’

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