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My most recent research examines the interdependences between software, hardware and labour and in particular how electronics supply chains synchronise the supply and assembly of labour to just-in-time manufacturing. Here I study the so-called 'human supply chain' and the ways in which labour migration is a fundamental aspect of production in the global economy. My work exposes a key and often hidden aspect of these processes, namely the gendered bias that underpins the temporal organisation of just-in-time digital management practices.
Prior to studying the ‘platformisation of migration’ and how technology-centered business models drive particular forms of mobility and migration, my work focused on the role of the states and their immigration and employment policies in fostering vulnerability and exploitation of migrant women in so-called human trafficking for sexual exploitation. 
What drives my research is desire to improve marginalised groups access to rights and justice. I hence strive to achieve societal and economic impact as in the case of my latest project that improved awareness of the violation of migrant workers’ rights in the electronics supply chain in Central and Eastern Europe and led to the implementation of new measures by the industry, trade unions and the government aimed at protecting migrant rights and preventing social segregation (REF 2021 UoA 17 Business and Management Studies).

I have advised and provided evidence to international stakeholders including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, the Home Office and Human Rights Watch. I also serve on the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch, with the aim to achieve responsible public procurement and rights of workers in electronics supply chains.

I am an associate editor of Organization, a editorial board member of Anti-Trafficking Review and I served as an editor of Feminist Review (2009-2020). My work has wide international reach and my writings have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Polish, Greek, Croatian and Mandarin.

I am interested in supervising PhD theses on the topics of: digital labour in China and/or Europe; transnational businesses and labour migration; workers rights in global supply chains; human trafficking and forced labour; dormitory labour regime; and affective/emotional labour. 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Gender Research Group
  • Migration Mobilities Bristol
  • Perspectives on Work
  • Global Political Economy
  • MGMT theme Work Futures
  • MGMT Work Organisation and Public Policy
  • Digital Societies


  • Digital Taylorism
  • Gender, time & digital technologies
  • Labour migration
  • Gender and social reproduction
  • Human Trafficking and forced labour
  • Worker rights in global supply chains
  • Sexual labour
  • Temporary Work, Agencies and Unfree Labour
  • Expansion of Chinese business to Europe and labour relations
  • Dormitory labour regime


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