Podcast, Social Justice

Episode 178: Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and the Global Supply Chain — Genevieve LeBaron

June 28, 2022
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Genevieve LeBaron is a new Professor and Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, and the Principal Investigator of the ReStructure Lab.

In this episode, Am and Genevieve discuss her research work on forced labour and the global market forces which incentivize those practices. They also discuss the new role for public policy in solving real-world solutions as well as the unique context of the School of Public Policy at SFU and its broader impact.

About Our Guest

Genevieve LeBaron

Genevieve LeBaron is a Professor and Director, School of Public Policy, at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus.

Her award-winning research investigates the business of forced labour in global supply chains and the effectiveness of government, industry, and worker-led strategies to combat it.  Her latest books are Combatting Modern Slavery: Why Labour Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It (Polity Press, 2020, Winner of the Academy of Management SIM Division’s Best Book Prize) and Fighting Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: History and Contemporary Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2021, co-edited with David W. Blight and Jessica Pliley). She is the author of over forty academic journal articles and book chapters.

LeBaron is Co-Principal Investigator of Re:Structure Lab, a research and policy Lab based across SFU School of Public Policy, Stanford and Yale Universities. 

Her research has attracted funding from several councils and foundations, including: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); The British Academy; Ford Foundation; Leverhulme Trust; and Humanity United. LeBaron has was elected to the College of the Royal Society of Canada in 2020. 

Drawing from her research, LeBaron works closely with governments, United Nations agencies, global companies and others to build measures to prevent forced labour directly into their business models and supply chain relationships. She currently serves on the UK Parliament’s Modern Slavery and the Supply Chain Advisory Committee.

Cite This Episode

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Johal, Am. “Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and the Global Supply Chain — with Genevieve LeBaron” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, June 28, 2022.


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