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Dr Carole Murphy

Deputy Director of Centre for Study of Modern Slavery

About Research

Carole Murphy is a Senior lecturer in Criminology and Sociology and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS). Following the completion of her PhD in 2014, Carole established CSMS with an initial launch in 2015. Carole set out the aims and objectives for CSMS with the purpose of providing a comprehensive response to modern slavery and human trafficking across three main areas of activity: Evaluation and Applied Research; Education, Advocacy and Awareness Raising; Prevention, Policy and Practice.

Carole is committed to raising public awareness about contemporary forms of slavery and exploitation. Recognised nationally as an expert in the field of modern slavery and human trafficking, she is regularly invited to speak on this subject to a wide range of audiences and media outlets. Recent media engagement includes an interview on BBC Breakfast, and expert comment for the Times Higher Education Supplement

Carole is experienced in conducting evaluations of services within the sector, supporting service providers in identifying a theory of change for future development.  Her research expertise focuses on improving survivor pathways and outcomes by identifying gaps in support. She recently completed a study identifying and evaluating the impact of gaps in long-term support for survivors in the UK, resulting in the publication of the report, A Game of Chance?: Long-term support for Survivors of Modern SlaveryThis report launched in the Houses of Parliament with an introduction by Lord McColl in June 2018.

Carole successfully launched the MA in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime in 2017. Now in its second year, the MA has proven attractive to international, European and home students alike. It is unique worldwide, offering students a comprehensive and broad overview of key issues in addressing modern slavery and human trafficking, and exploring the intersection of these issues with migration and organised crime. Guest speakers on this course include representatives from the Home Office, NCA, policing, policymakers, NGOs and criminal justice.


Research

Human trafficking and modern slavery; migration and representation; stigmatised identities; social problems, inequalities, addiction and health/mental health issues.

Publications

  • 2019    (forthcoming) Challenges for Victims of Trafficking Seeking Asylum: Status, Stigma and the State
  • 2018    ‘Rivers of Blood, Sea of bodies: An analysis of media coverage of migration and trafficking on the High Seas’ in Hackett, J. & Harrington, S. (2018) (eds.) Beasts of the Deep: Sea Creatures and Popular Culture John Libbey Publishing Ltd.  
  • 2018    Minogue, L., Murphy, C., and Salmons, K. Embedded Learning Development: A model for collaborative practice Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education 
  • 2014    ‘Negotiating Stigma: Constructing and Performing a “Normal” Identity’ in James Reynolds and Zoe Zontou, (2014) (Eds.) Addiction and Performance, Cambridge Scholars Publishing  
  • 2010    Murphy, C. and Cornell, J. (2010) ‘Students Perceptions of Feedback: Seeking a Coherent Flow’ in Practitioner Research in Higher Education, University of Cumbria, Volume 4 Issue 1 

Academic conference papers (selected) 

  • 2018    ‘Rivers of Blood, Sea of Bodies: Media, Migration and Human Trafficking’, Slavery: Past, Present and Future, University of Indianapolis, Berlin  
  • 2017    ‘Surviving trafficking, Encountering Stigma’, Victims of Human Trafficking: A multidisciplinary problematization of a category, UCL London 
  • 2017    ‘Forced Migration and Trafficking: Punishment and Stigma’, Forced Migration and Global Citizenship in Social Care Practice Today, Anglia Ruskin University  
  • 2016    ‘Passports, Papers and Punishment: Status, Stigma and the State’, 10th North South Criminology Conference, Maynooth University, Ireland 
  • 2015    ‘Criminal Exploitation of Romanian Children in the UK: A Case study, Forced Criminal Exploitation Consultation Event at St. Mary’s University 
  • 2015    ‘Survivors of trafficking: Shame, Stigma and Mental Health’, Mental Wealth Festival, Cathedral Innovations and Beyond Words at City Lit  

Invited speaker

  • 2018    Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, Caritas Justice and Care event for secondary students, St Mary’s University 
  • 2018    Global Sustainability Network: Gaps in Long term Support for victims of human trafficking and the need for further evidence, Lambeth Palace 
  • 2018    International Centre for Parliamentary Studies, Victim Support and Media Representations, London 
  • 2018    Security and Risk Consultancy (SAR): Organised Crime and Human Trafficking, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland 
  • 2018    University Women’s Club: Hidden in Plain Sight: Modern Slavery in the UK 
  • 2018    Christ the King Sixth Form College: Hidden in Plain Sight: Modern Slavery in the UK 
  • 2018    National Board of Catholic Woman Annual Conference: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness 
  • 2017    Chair: Public Policy Exchange conference: Combating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Developing a Stronger Multi-Agency Response for the Identification and Support for Victims of Trafficking London 
  • 2017    Bakhita House ‘The role of Psychological Capital in supporting victims of trafficking’. Presentation for staff training, London 
  • 2017    HERA (Her Equality Rights and Autonomy) Mentoring Training, Imperial Business School, ‘Surviving trafficking: The role of Recovery Capital in dealing with trauma’. Presentation to mentors, London  
  • 2017    University of Vienna ‘Rivers of Blood, Sea of Bodies: An analysis of recent media coverage of migration and trafficking on the High Seas’ lecture to staff and students 
  • 2017    Cambridge University ‘Slavery past and present’, lecture to students on module entitled ‘Being Human: Ancient & Modern Perspectives’, Classics Faculty  
  • 2016    Chair: Public Policy Exchange conference: Combating Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Developing a Stronger Multi-Agency Response for the Identification and Support for Victims of Trafficking, London 
  • 2016    HERA, Mentoring Training, Imperial Business School, London,  ‘Recovery Capital applied to ‘Recovery’ from Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery’

Advisory appointments

  • 2018- 2021 Member of the Project Executive Board (PEB) for the “Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Ireland” project, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and Santa Marta Group.
  • 2016 to present Trustee Women at the Well (W@W) 54-55 Birkenhead Street, London, WC1H88B  

Research and consultancy

2016-2018 Researcher and project coordinator:  

  • ‘Mapping gaps in long-term support for victims of trafficking in theUK’, Funded project 
  • Housing for Women, Evaluation of Replace service for survivors of trafficking
  • Snowdrop, Evaluation of service and project outcomes
  • Bakhita House, Evaluation of service and project outcomes 
  • Housing for Women, Evaluation of two services: Replace and Reunite (2016) 

2014-2015 Research consultant: European Policing of human trafficking and modern slavery research project at EUROPOL with The Centre for Social Justice.