Charline Sempéré is a doctoral researcher at SPERI working under the supervision of Professor Genevieve LeBaron and Dr Matthew L. Bishop. Her ESRC-funded research project, which began in September 2019, 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 formal and informal industries in France. Charline graduated from the University of Sheffield where she undertook and completed a Masters in Global Political Economy and a Masters in Social Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute. She was jointly awarded the Bethan Reeves Memorial Prize for the best record of academic attainment in 2018.
Charline is the co-convener of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers Network and is currently working as a research assistant in the Re:Structure Lab on the project: Restructuring Business Models and Supply Chains to Promote Fair, Equitable Labour Standards and Worker Rights in the Face of the Pandemic which is led by Prof. LeBaron and Jessie Brunner and is in collaboration with Humanity United, The Freedom Fund and research centres at the universities of Stanford and Yale. She is contributing to the background research as well as the writing of three different issue briefs and proposals to guard against forced labour in our global economy. Previously, Charline has worked with the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) to produce research briefings about a range of corporate and multi-stakeholder initiatives that seek to address forced labour in global supply chains. Finally, she has provided research assistance to Prof. LeBaron on her book project on Combatting Modern Slavery.
Charline’s research interest lie in Global Political Economy with a particular focus on feminist accounts of political economy and global supply chains, but also everyday political economy, the political economy of poverty and migration. More specifically she is interested in issues of gender unfreedom, its place and role within current processes of global production and societies.