Remi recently completed her MA in Global Political Economy in the Department of Politics, and is now engaged in a number of research projects at SPERI. She is part of the Postgraduate Research Experience Programme in Political Economy (PREPPE), a collaborative project researching the political economy of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. Specifically, it explores the politics – and political economy – of scandal as a site of contestation in the context of the gendered dynamics of sexual violence.
Remi is also coordinating an event to be held in 2019 at the House of Lords that will gather leaders of the UK tea industry for a roundtable discussion on how to better combat forced labour in tea supply chains. The event will draw on the findings of Professor Genevieve LeBaron’s work on forced labour in the tea and cocoa industries.
Additionally, Remi is collaborating with a number of workers’ rights organisations to produce a report about the state of corporate social responsibility initiatives in securing living wages for workers in the garment industry. The report will be based on survey data collected from apparel brands and situated within broader dynamics of corporate power and responsibility in the global economy.
Remi’s research interests convene in their common concern with the everyday lived experience of individuals within capitalism. She is interested in the experience of capitalist and neoliberal development in rural communities in the global South, as well as the changing nature of work that is becoming increasingly informal and insecure across the global economy. Relatedly, she is interested in issues of labour exploitation and supply chain governance, particularly in progressive and worker-driven initiatives to improve working conditions in a variety of industries.
Remi is also interested in the everyday experience of capitalism in terms of how individuals ‘know’ the political economy, and subsequently how they perceive themselves and act within it. This requires understanding how the political economy is represented to individuals, through images, discourse and other methods of cultural transmission such as film, and how that shapes understanding of – and therefore behaviour within – processes and dynamics of the political economy.