Charline Sempéré, Doctoral Researcher at SPERI, has been awarded prestigious research funding by the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Charline is one of just 15 junior researchers who have been awarded ILO/IOM Fellowships and Seed Grants after 250 proposals in a global competition were received. The 15 researchers were selected to address knowledge gaps in the fields of child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking.
Awarded $10,000 USD to support her research project “Gender and Forced Labour: Understanding Women’s Disproportionate Vulnerability to Exploitation in France’s Domestic Supply Chains”, Charline will conduct fieldwork in France in 2021-22. The findings from the research will be published by Charline in a report for the ILO and used to prepare new academic publications.
The funding is part of the ILO project “From Research to Action: Using Knowledge to Accelerate Progress in the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour”. Charline will now be part of the ILO’s growing network of specialists and interdisciplinary collaborators with a focus on child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking studies.
Charline’s ESRC-funded doctoral research explores the role of gender power relations in the shaping of workers’ vulnerability across supply chains in the global economy. The project investigates, from a Feminist Political Economy perspective, how and why women workers are disproportionally affected by labour exploitation across the supply chains of productive industries in France.