Michael Rogerson

Michael Rogerson


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Research interests

My research centres on how institutions affect firm behaviours and disclosure around compliance with modern slavery legislation, and the technologies being employed to deliver transparency in that respect , with a particular focus on the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. I spent much of the decade before he arrived at the University of Bath living and working in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and during this time became interested in the differences in institutional environments and consequent firm behaviours he witnessed.

From apparel to construction, there is an increasing focus on modern slavery worldwide among legislative bodies, NGOs, the media, and and the public. Further knowledge of firm attitudes and decision processes around the phenomenon will have two main impacts. Firstly, it will empower companies to better address it in their own operations and those in their supply chains. Secondly, it will enable governments to legislate more effectively.

I also have research interests in blockchain's potential to enhance visibility and therefore accountability in supply chains, and in particular how this might enable firms to both tackle and better disclose modern slavery risks.

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains (University of Cambridge), an MBA (Imperial College London), and Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting (Robert Gordon University) and History (University of the West of England). I have previously researched modern slavery in multinational construction settings and blockchain’s potential use as a tool for enhancing visibility in supply chains.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018

Business, Master of Business Administration, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 May 2017

Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Accounting, The Robert Gordon University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

History, Bachelor of Arts, University of the West of England

Award Date: 1 Nov 2004


  • modern slavery
  • forced labour
  • labour exploitation
  • organizational behaviour
  • responsible supply chains
  • sustainability
  • business in Russia


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