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My research focusses on the governance of exploitative and so-called 'unfree' labour and in particular the various forms of it targeted for eradication by the Sustainable Development Goals. I conduct ethnographic and participatory action research with people defined as victims of trafficking, slavery, child labour and forced labour, and political anthropological research on the institutions that seek to protect them. My research asks why ‘victims’ are so often excluded from the policy process and tries to make sense of the way that policy-making institutions think, work and navigate their political limitations. I frequently collaborate with the international child protection agency, Terre des Hommes, on participatory action research projects with child migrants, child workers, and street-connected children to develop ground-up responses to their circumstances. I also currently lead an ERC Starting Grant that aims to trial both action research and unconditional cash transfers as potential policy responses to indecent or exploitative work in Hyderabad, India. This project partners with the Indian Network for Basic Income and Dr. Sarath Davala, who co-led the famous Indian basic income trial in Madhya Pradesh. Lastly, I founded and am one of the editors of the Beyond Trafficking and Slavery section at openDemocracy (www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery), which aims to put radical and grassroots commentary on ‘unfree’ or exploitative work and movement into the public domain.
Do get in touch with me if you are interested in these or related topics; I am open to supervising new students.
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Toward a relational turn in development theory and policy: a comparative analysis of two PAR interventions in the wake of COVID-19
1/03/21 → 28/02/23
Project: Research council
1/01/20 → 31/12/26
Project: Central government, health and local authorities
I Raccogliatori di Pomodoro Sono I Moderni "Schiavi"? Una Riflessione Sulle Rappresentazoni dell'Agricoltura ItalianaHoward, N. & Forin, R., 1 Apr 2021, Braccia rubate dall’agricoltura: Pratiche di sfruttamento del lavoro migrante. Ippolito, I., Perrotta, D. & Raeymaekers, T. (eds.). Turin: Edizioni Seb27, 20 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen AccessFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Quirk, J. (ed.), Howard, N. (ed.) & Thibos, C. (ed.), 15 Nov 2020, Open Democracy 65 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Special issueFile2 Downloads (Pure)
Howard, N., 12 Aug 2020, Life After COVID-19. The Other Side of Crisis. Parker, M. (ed.). Bristol University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen AccessFile18 Downloads (Pure)