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Louise Waite Prof Louise Waite

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Room Manton 10.131
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


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Work in progress

Upcoming and Recent projects 

  • British Academy-Dfid funded research entitled 'Pulling a thread. Unravelling the trail of modern slavery in the fashion and textile industry'. Principle Investigator Hinrich Voss, Co-Investigator Louise Waite, Mark Sumner, Mark Davis (University of Leeds). This research, beginning in November 2017 and running for 15 months, will explore how relationships between businesses and their (sub)contractors can be shaped to achieve impact in reducing the risk of modern slavery for workers in supply chains.
  • ESRC funded research entitled 'Understanding the role of faith-based organisations in anti-trafficking'. Principle Investigator Hannah Lewis (University of Sheffield), Co-Investigator Louise Waite, Co-Investigator Emma Tomalin (University of Leeds). This research, beginning in April 2017 and running for two and half years, will be at the forefront of providing a deeper understanding of changes to the welfare state in neoliberal capitalist societies and the role of religion in the public life of secular societies by exploring how faith shapes anti-trafficking responses.
  • ESRC Trans-National Organised Crime Cross-disciplinary Innovation Grants (ES/P001483/1) £70,123. PI K. Allerfeldt, Co-I: L.Waite. ‘"Negating Humanity": Modern Slavery in its Historical Context and its Implications for Policy’. November 2016- May 2018.

  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Account award (Responsive Mode Impact Fund) from Leeds Social Sciences Institute. PI G.Alberti Co-I L.Waite, C.Forde. ‘Migration, equality and social cohesion: promoting inter-community dialogue in times of change’. Jan -Dec 2017.

  • White Rose Collaboration Fund. £10,000 Europe, migration and the new politics of (in)security. Sept 2016-Sept 2017.

  • ESRC Knowledge Exchange funded research entitled ‘Platform on forced labour and asylum’. Principal Investigator Louise Waite; Co-Investigators Stuart Hodkinson and Hannah Lewis (University of Leeds). The ESRC-funded project Precarious Lives: Asylum Seekers and Refugees' Experiences of Forced Labour (see below) produced the first conclusive evidence of forced labour among migrants in the UK asylum system. This project built a Knowledge Exchange Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum that developed strategies for tackling the existence of forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers, and ensured that the research is disseminated in ways that maximise its chances of having a positive impact on policy and practice. 2013-2014. 
  • ESRC funded research on ‘Precarious lives: asylum seekers and refugees’ experiences of forced labour.’ Principal Investigator Louise Waite; Co-Investigators Stuart Hodkinson (University of Leeds) and Peter Dwyer (University of Salford). This research project aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of the experiences of forced labour among asylum seekers and refugees based in England. 2011-2012.
  • WUN Research Development Fund: Addressing Multiple Forms of Migrant Precarity – Beyond “Management” of Migration to an Integrated Rights-Based Approach PI: N.Piper (University of Sydney), Co-Is, H.Lewis, L. Waite, S.Hodkinson (University of Leeds). 2014-2015.
  • WUN Fund for International Research Collaboration: International research network for the study of children of migrants: opening South-North dialogues. PI: R. Mas Giralt, Co-I: L.Waite, Co-I R. Vanderbeck (University of Leeds). 2014-2015.
  • White Rose Collaboration Fund. Migration and Economic Crisis: Responses of Brits at home and abroad. Co-Is: M. Kilkey, N. Lunt, L. Waite, A. Datta. 2012-2013.

Previous projects 

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded research to write a policy paper entitled ‘Status matters: forced labour and UK immigration policy’. Principal Investigators Louise Waite (University of Leeds) and Peter Dwyer (University of Salford); Co-Investigators Hannah Lewis (Freelance Researcher) and Lisa Scullion (University of Salford).
  • African migrants to Britain and France - British Academy Research Development Award. Principal investigator J.Cook (Leeds Social Science Institute, Leeds); co-investigator L.Waite (Geography, Leeds). This project compared the lived experiences of African migrants resident in Britain and France. The research focused on how different colonial histories and policies of migration shape the experiences and lives of African migrants. It examined the impact of migration and place upon the transmission of family practices, culture and tradition across generations, alongside the evolution of intergenerational relationships post-migration.
  • Leeds City Council funded research on 'New Migrant Communities in Leeds'. Co-researchers Joe Cook (Leeds Social Science Institute) and Prof Peter Dwyer (Nottingham Trent University). This qualititative research focused on the needs, experiences and expectations of A10 new migrant populations resident in Leeds, and their relationship with wider established host communities.
  • DFID-funded COMDIS (Communicable Diseases) project entitled ‘Increasing the effectiveness of Straight Talk Foundation Uganda programmes through qualitative research, especially in relation to vulnerable young women.’ In collaboration with Nuffield Institute of Health and Development, University of Leeds.