Last night, Professor Nicola Phillips, SPERI Associate Fellow and Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics, delivered her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Sheffield.
In a wide-ranging and powerfully argued lecture, which was entitled ‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in the Global Economy’, Nicola set out and explained the complex array of interlocking symmetries of market power, social power and political power that underpin the widespread use of forced, or unfree, labour within the dominant model of global production now deployed by so many leading multinational corporations.
Nicola began her career at the University of Warwick before moving to the University of Manchester and being appointed Professor there in 2006. She was appointed as Professor of Political Economy at Sheffield in 2012 and became Head of the Department of Politics in 2014. She is the first woman to head the Department in its fifty-year history. She was also editor-in-chief of the Sheffield journal New Political Economy from 2004 to 2010 and is now one of the editors of the Review of International Political Economy.