Kevin Bales CMG
Prof. of Contemporary Slavery, Research Director
The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham
Kevin Bales, CMG, FRSA is Professor of Contemporary Slavery and Research Director of the Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. He co-founded the NGO Free the Slaves. His 1999 book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy has been published in twelve languages. Desmond Tutu called it “a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing exposé of modern slavery.” The film based on Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won the Peabody Award and two Emmys. The Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.” In 2007 he published Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves, (Grawemeyer Award). In 2009, with Ron Soodalter, he published The Slave Next Door: Modern Slavery in the United States. In 2016 his research institute was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize, and he published Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World
Monti Datta
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond
Dr. Monti Narayan Datta is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Monti has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, an MPP from Georgetown, and a PhD from UC Davis. Monti has consulted with Free the Slaves, the Walk Free Foundation, and the Arise Foundation. He specializes in quantitative data analysis to understand more fully the causes and consequences of contemporary slavery. His current research explores the relationship between trust and anti-slavery.
Angharad Smith
Programme Officer for the Modern Slavery Programme, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research

Angharad Smith is a Programme Officer for the Modern Slavery Programme at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Centre, Ms Smith held a research and policy internship at ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok, where she conducted secondary research into the sexual exploitation of children. Before her internship, she supervised a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham Rights Lab responsible for delivering data collection on government response to modern slavery for the Walk Free Foundation’s 2019: Measurement, Action and Freedom report.

Christine Annerfalk
Research Associate, The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham

Christine Annerfalk is a graduated mature student of the War Studies program at King’s College London, where she specialised in areas such as human trafficking and modern-day slavery, international law, cybersecurity, intelligence, and journalism. Her dissertation was on the research topic of How the Cyber Domain Facilitates and Challenges the Business of Human Trafficking and Slavery, and took First-Class Honours.  More recently Christine has been the lead researcher and coder on the Euro-Invasion Conflict Database 1513-1901 (Continental United States), is due to be published and made available for analysis in 2023.

Gabriel Bales
MSci student, UCL

Gabriel Bales (BSc Biochemistry) studies in the MSci Cell and Gene Therapy programme at University College London. He carries out manuscript editing and data coding and analysis for the Rights Lab.

Anne Andersen
 Graduate Student

Anne Andersen is currently doing a Masters in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, where she is majoring in Global Security and Development. She previously studied conflict at Kings College London.

Charlotte Cleal
Student at St Peter Port, Guernsey

Charlotte Cleal is a sixth form student at The Guernsey Grammar School in the Channel Islands. She was Co-organiser of the climate change marches in conjunction with XR. Also works with Health Connections providing an online directory with assets supporting peoples health, care and wellbeing. 

Rights Lab Leadership Team

Zoe Trodd
Prof. of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, Director
The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham

Professor Zoe Trodd leads the Rights Lab and focuses in her own research on strategies to end modern slavery. She has published several books about modern slavery and holds two major research grants with the AHRC on antislavery techniques. She regularly advises governments and NGOs on modern slavery and serves on Yale University's Modern Slavery Working Group.

Todd Landman
Prof. of Politics and International Relations, Executive Director
The Rights Lab, University of Nottingham

Professor Todd Landman (Politics and International Relations) oversees the Rights Lab in his role as Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Rights Lab Executive Director, and contributes research across several of its programmes including Law & Policy and Data & Measurement. He has worked in the field of human rights for 25 years. He is currently working on modern slavery measurement, antislavery governance, the relationship between human rights and modern slavery, and techniques for antislavery monitoring and evaluation, among other topics.

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