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Crossing Boundaries: The 2023 Business and Modern Slavery Research conference

Hosted by the University of Bath School of Management.

  • 20 Sep 2023, 9.00am to 21 Sep 2023, 5.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • 10 East, University of Bath
  • Price from £50.00 to £240.00 (GBP)
Views of the City of Bath along the River Avon, Pulteney Bridge and Weir.
Pulteney Bridge in Bath, a fine example of the city’s Georgian architecture, commissioned by the Pulteney family who owned slave plantations in the Caribbean.

Modern slavery is a prominent and troubling feature of contemporary business practice, yet research on topic has to date remained under-developed, especially in the business and management field (Caruana et al., 2021). In recent years, though, there has been a rapid rise in the quantity and scope of such research, giving rise to significant opportunities to contribute to modern slavery scholarship across disciplinary boundaries and to positively impact policy and practice beyond the boundaries of academia.

Crossing Boundaries provided an opportunity for researchers of business and modern slavery to come together to share the progress they have made, to help one another to enhance the quality of their work, and to forge relationships that will enable them to cross boundaries between academic disciplines and between research and practice.

The conference also included the launch of Objective, a powerful exhibition combining photography with first-hand testimony from survivors of modern slavery.

Catch up on what you missed

Crossing Boundaries 2023

You can view photos from the first day of the conference in the gallery above.

The School of Management's Business & Society blog is running a Crossing Boundaries takeover throughout October 2023, including a deep dive on the Objective project, discussion posts from our keynote speakers and a profile of conference co-chair Mike Rogerson.

Conference organisers

Keynote speakers

We were delighted to welcome two distinguished academics to speak about their research.

See the full programme


This event took place on campus.

10 East University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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