Hannah Boles is a Research Fellow at SPERI. Hannah’s research interests focus on the role of business in respecting human rights throughout global supply chains, with a particular focus on workers in the lower tiers.

Prior to joining SPERI in August 2019, Hannah has worked with a research consultancy specialising in international development and migration issues, the International Labour Organization in Indonesia, and in the NGO sector conducting research for Stop the Traffik Australia. Her previous research has focused on corporate responses to forced labour in cocoa, tea, and seafood supply chains. Hannah holds an MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex and a BA in History and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

Research Interests

Hannah is interested in how companies can drive improvements in labour conditions from a worker-led perspective and the extent to which multinational corporations can work collaboratively with suppliers to effectively implement international labour standards and tackle exploitation at the base of commodity supply chains.

Key Publications


  • Boles, H. (2019) Tracking Progress: Assessing Business Responses to Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in the Thai Seafood Industry. Praxis Labs, Humanity United & the Freedom Fund. 
  • Boles, H. (2018) A Matter of Taste: A benchmark of current industry initiatives to address child labour and human trafficking on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition, Sydney, Australia.
  • Boles, H. (2017) A Matter of Taste: A study of the role of chocolate manufacturers and certifiers are playing in combating human trafficking and child labour in Côte d’Ivoire’s and Ghana’s cocoa growing communities. STOP THE TRAFFIK Australian Coalition & Baptist World Aid, Sydney, Australia.