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 co-edited Unmaking the Global Sweatshop: Health and Safety of the World's Garment Workers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

With the support of C&A Foundation, I have written a technical and advocacy report based on my research on workers' compensation, Workers' Right to Compensation for Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality (2018).

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)

Ashleigh Jackson - An ethnography of cryptocurrency trading (ESRC funded)

Kaveri Medappa Kaliyanda - Life and work of platform economy workers in Bangalore (Chancellor's fellowship funded)

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