Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery – Inaugural International Conference

Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery – Inaugural International Conference

8-10 February 2017 |St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London



  • James Cockayne, United Nations University
  • Kevin Hyland, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for the UK
  • Caroline Haughey, Barrister, Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, 2016
  • Professor Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office
  • Kate Roberts, Human Trafficking Foundation
  • Professor Kokunre Agbontaen-Eghafona, University of Benin, Nigeria
  • Monique Villa, Thompson Reuters Foundation
  • Mick Clarke, Chief Executive, The Passage, London

St Mary’s University has recently established a new Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery to conduct independent research to provide evidence that informs policy responses to modern slavery and human trafficking both in the UK and internationally. Renewed determination is strengthening the response to modern slavery, but a number of key knowledge gaps continue to hamper the response. It is these gaps that the Centre seeks to fill. By providing a strong evidence base, the Centre seeks to ensure a stronger and more sustainable response that gets results for those subject to slavery and trafficking.

With the aim of using research to fill the knowledge and evidence gaps experienced by policymakers and practitioners, their first conference will take place on 8-10 February 2017. The conference will provide a space to promote debate and encourage collaboration on addressing the subject of human trafficking and modern slavery, with contributions from UK and international experts. Discussions between policymakers, practitioners and researchers will identify evidence gaps and tailor research to these needs. To facilitate these conversations, they have put together an exciting agenda that cuts across victim identification and care, targeting perpetrators, corporate responsibility, partnerships and more. Please find the draft agenda attached.

Registration for the conference is now open.

Register for the conference here

Download the full agenda

For further information please contact Dr Sasha Jesperson at