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How supply chains are tackling the issue of modern slavery at the national and international levels.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This project will look at how supply chains are tackling the issue of modern slavery at the national and international levels. As the globalisation has increased, significant low contract prices are offered to lead to more competitiveness in the global trade which caused other complicated issues such as modern slavery in the supply chain. Different countries are defining different Acts to encounter this phenomenon such as UK Modern Slavery Act which requires organizations with a turnover greater than £36m to publish an annual statement regarding action taken to combat this issue in their supply chain. However, there is not a holistic view on how supply chains are encountering the issue of modern slavery. A deeper understanding on contingency factors such as culture, geography, legislation and regulation is needed to investigate why while some research has been done in this area, still there are 45.8 million people in modern slavery globally according to 2016 Global Slavery index (Walk Free Foundation, 2016). Specific focus can be on child slavery or women issues.

The Project will involve the literature review on modern slavery issue in SCs and a qualitative research design including series of interviews or case studies.

Applicant profile:
The ideal candidate has a specialist Master Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Management or related subjects from an internationally renowned University. Applicants with a strong first degree will also be considered. The ideal applicant has the motivation and ability to develop industry links and conduct fieldwork; is keen to conduct mixed-method research, with emphasis on qualitative methods (i.e. interviews, observation). Ideally, the candidate has previous academic knowledge and/or work experience in the supply chain management.

Funding Notes

Applications are open until 31st May 2020. This project is not funded, applications from self-funded students are welcome. Outstanding applicants may be considered for one of the available scholarships. The start date is 1st October 2020.

For more information about scholarships, entry requirements and application process please visit our website: View Website


In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please include:

1. Covering Letter
2. Academic Qualifications
3. Two References
4. CV
5. Research Proposal (maximum 1000 words), taking into consideration the working title of the project.

This program is available in English only. To request information in Welsh, please contact the Postgraduate Recruitment Team ([email protected]).

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