Royal Geographical Society-IBG conference, August 2021.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration conference, July 2021.

Sheffield Migration Research Group seminar series ‘Distinctive or professionalised’, 13 May 2021.


Our symposium - Rights, dignity and religion: responding to ‘modern slavery’, 24 January 2020.

Our one-day symposium brought together academics, researchers, policy makers and service providers to explore how responses to ‘modern slavery’ can best secure the human rights and maintain the dignity of people experiencing severe exploitation. The event Rights, dignity and religion: responding to ‘modern slavery' is on 24 January 2020.


Presented at the American Association of Geographers Conference, 1-5 April 2019.

Presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference 24-26 April 2019.

Transforming mobility and immobility: Brexit and beyond, IMISCOE Spring Conference, 29 March 2019 Gwyneth Lonergan and Hannah Lewis presented a paper ‘Faith based anti-trafficking, the ‘good’ victim, and the strengthening of border regimes’.


Unhidden in Plain Sight, 20-30 September 2019.

Unhidden in Plain Sight is a thought-provoking display of photographs reflect complex journeys into and out of modern slavery. The exhibition addresses the problem of how anti-trafficking images often stereotype and re-victimise the people they are trying to support.

The exhibit is a collaboration between photographer Jeremy Abrahams, academics Hannah Lewis and Gwyneth Lonergan (University of Sheffield), and anti-trafficking organisations Ashiana, City Hearts and Snowdrop. It was exhibited from 20-30 September 2019 in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield as part of the Festival of the Mind.

In June and July 2018, we presented at or ran panels at the following conferences:

  • DSA (Development Studies Association), Manchester, UK

  • ISA (International Sociological Assocation), Toronto, Canada

  • IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration), Thessaloniki, Greece

Modern slavery, expertise and evidence roundtable, Tuesday 15 May 2018 University of Sheffield.

  • Dr Sanja Milivojevic, La Trobe University (Australia)

  • Patrick Burland, International Organisation for Migration

  • Chairs: Dr Hannah Lewis and Professor Genevieve LeBaron

This roundtable brought together leading scholars of modern slavery and experts from Anti-Slavery International and the International Organisation for Migration, to reflect on current efforts to address modern slavery.

Speakers shared cutting edge research and practitioner perspectives on the state of global and national government efforts to combat modern slavery, including: Are current government and civil society initiatives to measure, study, and combat modern slavery working? Are the right actors and experts involved? Is it dangerous to enact solutions when the evidence base on modern slavery is still so thin?

This interdisciplinary conversation will benchmark the state of anti-slavery movements and governance, and chart out pathways forward.

This event was jointly organised by the Department of Sociological Studies, the Migration Research Group, and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

La Trobe University and Monash University seminar, Hannah Lewis, March and April 2018, Melbourne, Australia.


Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities - Anti Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Hub Emma Tomalin is co-chair of the new JLI hub. Launched 20 October 2017.

31 August 2017 - Hannah Lewis and Louise Waite - ‘Faith and practising social action’, double panel, RGS-IBG conference, London.

19 June 2017 - Emma Tomalin, Louise Waite, Gwyneth Lonergan - Religion and Immigration Conference, University of Leeds.

25 May 2017 - Hannah Lewis - Sociological Studies Seminar Series, University of Sheffield ”Modern slavery and human trafficking’: The re-emergence of the intersection of faith and slavery in postsecular contexts’.

9 February 2017 - Louise Waite - St Mary’s University First International Conference on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking - paper on ‘faith and modern slavery’.