Former Small Grant Recipients Secure ESRC Research Grant

Former recipients of an N8 PRP Small Grant have recently secured further funding to continue their research into the complex and under researched problem of modern slavery. 

‘The Perpetrators of Modern Slavery Offences: Motivations, Networks and Backgrounds’

Dr Rose Broad and her team, Professor David Gadd and Dr Elisa Bellotti (University of Manchester) and Dr Carly Lightowlers (University of Liverpool), have been awarded funding until April 2021 to continue their research, started under the auspices of an N8 PRP Small Grant awarded to Prof David Gadd, on the subject of modern slavery.

In recent years policy development has largely outstripped academic research on the subject, to the point where there is a real gap in the evidence base. International bodies and governments have focused on producing estimates of the scale of the problem and many academic studies have documented the plight of those trafficked. However, there are hardly any studies that have been undertaken with those regarded as the perpetrators of the trade.

The aim of this project is to produce a better understanding of the problem of modern slavery informed by both quantitative and qualitative data including first hand interviews with those convicted of these offences. It will use arrest and conviction data to profile perpetrators together with in-depth interviews with those convicted under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act to explore how and why some people traffick others, what circumstances and social networks have contributed to their offending, as well as what has impeded it.

The development of this project perfectly articulates the value of the N8 PRP Small Grant Awards, which this year will be taking applications for the final round under its current structure.

Rose Broad said, “The research conducted under the N8 PRP funding enabled me and my colleagues to trial the quantitative methods that we then proposed as part of the ESRC project and allowed us to become familiar with the data.”

“The N8PRP project also helped us to build on existing relationships with the Home Office Modern Slavery Research Unit who were interested in the research and who have subsequently supported us with the ESRC application and are on the steering group for the project.”

“I think that the progress that we had made, familiarity with the data and evidence that the research was feasible and achievable, helped towards the positive outcome from the ESRC.”

The N8PRP Small Grants process is design to act pump-priming for those wishing to do something innovative and collaborative. The work done by Rose and her team as a result of the grant laid the foundations for this significant ESRC award, and shows the immense potential of the N8PRP Small Grants.

Information on this project can currently be found on twitter, on the project’s website or via the Gateway to Research website.

In addition, the report produced as part of the Small Grant Award, and all of our other Small Grant findings reports, can be found here.

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