Genevieve LeBaronGenevieve LeBaron

Position: Research Fellow and leader of SPERI’s research programme on ‘Labour and Work in the Global Political Economy

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1688


Areas of interest and expertise: Feminist Political Economy, Global Political Economy, Labour Studies, International Relations, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Genevieve LeBaron, PhD (York University, 2011) is Senior Lecturer in Politics and is attached to both the Department of Politics and SPERI.  In 2015-2016, she was Yale University’s Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Fellow.

Her research focuses on the political economy of the global labour market, including current research projects on the governance of transnational supply chains, the politics and effectiveness of corporate social responsibility, and the business models on forced labour. She is the author of two books and 10 academic journal articles, including in the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Review of International Studies, and Review of International Political Economy. A list of her academic publications is available here.

Genevieve is co-founder and Editor of’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, a popular journalistic site that brings together stakeholders who are serious about tackling modern slavery’s economic, political, and social root causes, and develops new strategies for change. She has written for leading newspapers including The Guardian and, and her research on forced labour has been profiled in Fortune Magazine, The Economist, and The Guardian, and has been cited widely in policy initiatives. In 2015, she was awarded the Rising Star Engagement Award from the British Academy in recognition of her contributions to research and policy-making on forced labour.

Prior to joining Sheffield, Genevieve was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, where she remains an Honorary Research Fellow. There, she co-authored Protest Inc: The Corporatization of Activism (Cambridge: Polity, 2014, with Peter Dauvergne), which was shortlisted for the BISA-IPEG Book Prize. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the International Labour Organization in Geneva and the University of California, Berkeley.

Genevieve has conducted funded research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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