UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster (MSRC)

About us

The UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster (MSRC) brings together interdisciplinary researchers and students from across UWA and our partners to contribute to tackling Modern Slavery. We adopt a broad approach to modern slavery and as a working definition consider modern slavery to be: ‘… an umbrella term used to describe a number of crimes, including, but not limited to, human trafficking, forced labour, sexual slavery, child labour and trafficking, domestic servitude, forced marriage, bonded labour including debt bondage, slavery and other slavery-like practices’.1 


Through the conduct of interdisciplinary research and partnerships with key stakeholders the MSRC will analyse and contribute to theoretical, historical and contemporary applied frameworks for understanding and tackling modern slavery.

Current and future research interests include, among others: 

  • Better business and legislative responses to modern slavery
  • Modern slavery risks in business and supply chains
  • Modern slavery and wellbeing
  • The nexus between illegal fishing and modern slavery
  • Postcolonial critique of modern slavery in Australia
  • The implications for at-risk workers, industries and regions
  • Multi-stakeholder approaches to tackling modern slavery
  • Consumerism and modern slavery
  • Economic and public policy implications of modern slavery
  • International and comparative law with regard to slavery and human trafficking and forced marriage
  • Criminological and criminal law responses to human trafficking and modern slavery.


Contact UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster (MSRC)



Associate Professor David Webb  Currently overseas - please contact by email

+61 8 6488 7380
Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Modern slavery and global supply chains: Interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia (August 2017).