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PhD - APRIES (Africa Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery)

University of Liverpool

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    Full time 2-4 years. Applications are open all year round.

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Human trafficking and ‘modern slavery’ have been identified as one of the key priorities in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals but there is a lack of high quality, critical research into the production of evidence in this area, and uptake by policymakers, particularly in low and middle-income countries. In addition to this, the failures of previous attempts to address trafficking and forced labour suggest a need for creative and innovative methods to improve the ways that laws and policies are developed, implemented and evaluated. Problems identified around existing approaches that have a focus on criminal justice measures and metrics has led to calls for a move towards approaches that foreground prevention, partnership, and a community-engaged ethos. There is an opportunity – and urgent need - for robust and rigorous research to critically assess these developments, and ultimately enhance impacts, by better informing and influencing legal and policy development.

You will be joining a multi-national team of researchers that are involved in a large-scale project working in several West African countries called APRIES (Africa Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery) funded by the US Department of State and led by the University of Georgia (Athens). The University of Liverpool is a key partner in this project and Professor Balch, from the Department of Politics, is leading the policy-related work. APRIES launched in 2018 and is generating original prevalence data and will be supporting new programmes to tackle child trafficking in West Africa. You will develop and execute a project that draws on the evidence produced by the APRIES team to research how legal and policy frameworks impact on outcomes for communities in West Africa. Your project will be focused, impactful and be conducted in collaboration with others, and in cooperation with governmental and non-governmental partners in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

The PhD project is hosted by the Department of Politics in a research-intensive Russell Group university. You would join a vibrant post-graduate environment in a growing department with more than 40 post-graduate students.

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University of Liverpool

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    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 113

    28th out of 90 6

    55th out of 86 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    137 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    133 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    130 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%



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