Research

My research is predominantly concerned with the politics of labour and health in the global garment industry.

My book on labour precarity and the demise of Caribbean garment manufacturing, Thiefing a Chance: Factory Work, Illicit Labor, and Neoliberal Subjectivities in Trinidad, was published by the University Press of Colorado in 2015, and won the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) Book Prize.

With Geert De Neve, I have co-edited Unmaking the Global Sweatshop: Health and Safety of the World's Garment Workers (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2017). 

I have three current research projects:

  • Labour rights, health and safety, and transnational activism in the global garment industry;
  • Compensation for death and injury of garment workers in Bangladesh;
  • Labour rights and labour organising in the UK's 'gig' economy.

I am interested in supervising doctoral students working on the global garment industry, the politics of labour, occupational health and safety, gender, health, the informal sector, the anthropology of policy and rights, the 'gig' economy, labour precarity, trade unionism, and on Bangladesh or the Caribbean.

 

Current Doctoral Students

Rebecca Ashley - The politics of 'birth work': an ethnography of risk technology and Icelandic midwifery (ESRC funded)

Mattieu Ramsawak - Race and ethnic relations in the everyday: the case of Trinidad and Tobago

Chloe Place - Investigating kinship care in dementia: an ethnography of families in Andalucía (ESRC funded)

Yeyang Su - 'Experimental’ stem cell research and practices in China (ERC funded)

 

Recently Completed Doctoral Students

Bronwen Gillespie - Messages and meanings: exploring malnutrition in the Peruvian Highlands