Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre: Further three years funding from the AHRC

Modern Slavery & Human Rights

The Bonavero Institute is delighted to announce that it will continue to participate as a core partner in the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (MS PEC) for the next three years. The MS PEC has been recently awarded continuation funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which will enable the Centre to build upon and leverage the impactful policy work it has already completed during its first phase (2019- 2024), support its move to a new host at the University of Oxford in April 2024, and transition to long-term sustainability beyond AHRC funding.

In its second phase, the MS PEC will be part of the Humanities Division at Oxford as part of the University’s vision for the new Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, which is currently being built and will open in 2025.  It will continue to work closely with the Bonavero Institute in keeping with its interdisciplinary nature. The Universities of Liverpool and Hull will also continue as core partners in the ongoing collaboration since the start of the Centre, and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law (part of BIICL) will continue as a collaborative partner.

MS PEC Director, Murray Hunt, said:

We would like to thank BIICL and the Bingham Centre for successfully incubating the Centre, our consortium partners to date, and the many collaborative partners with whom we have talked, worked and learned over the first five years of our existence.

We are delighted that Oxford shares our vision for the development of a pioneering policy-influencing centre, providing a respected voice in politically contested areas of policy, and look forward to working closely with them over the coming years to achieve it.

The Director of the Bonavero Institute, Kate O’Regan, said:

“The Bonavero Institute is delighted to continue as a partner in the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre for the next three years, which will enable further research on questions relating to human trafficking, labour exploitation and modern slavery, and to contribute to important policy debates in the field.  We look forward to continue working with the Director and team of the Centre,  as well as our partners at Liverpool, Hull and the Bingham Centre.”


The full statement by MS PEC on its continuation can be accessed on the Centre’s website: