Alternative paths: The Business and Modern Slavery Research 2024 Conference

10-11 September 2024

University of Sussex, Brighton

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The 2024 Business and Modern Slavery Research Conference will take place on Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th September in-person and will be hosted by the University of Sussex Business School, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RH. This conference is co-organised by Hult International Business School

Call for papers

Abusive labour practices and the business systems that produce, accentuate, and shelter them are increasingly exercising policymakers around the world. As this trend has grown, both scholars and industry experts have undertaken research which is broad in scope, transcending disciplinary boundaries, and offers insights into management practices and working conditions. This conference brings together researchers in the growing research community from across business disciplines to develop ongoing work and build links with peers towards future endeavours, offering a mixture of in-depth analysis and a platform to discuss alternative paths on topics related to modern slavery. 


Authors are invited to submit a 500 - 1,000 word abstract, excluding title, authors, figures, tables, and references on any aspect of business and modern slavery, including:

  • supply chain responsibility
  • accountability and reporting
  • strategy, ethics and social responsibility
  • marketing and consumer behaviour
  • technology and operations
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • finance and investment
  • legal and public policy issues governing business
  • modern slavery

Abstracts can be summaries of completed papers, works in progress, or proposals for future projects.

  • Submission guidelines 

    Authors are required to send their abstract by email to the conference dedicated inbox;, adhering to the submission guidelines*. More information on the submission guildlines

    *If you are submitting as a PhD student, proof of your student status should also be emailed to the same address when you submit your abstract.

    The deadline for abstracts submission is the end of the day on Friday 31 May 2024. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee.

    Decisions will be communicated to authors on Friday 14 June 2024. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to submit a full paper (for participants of both conference and post-conference workshop) of approx. 5,000 - 10,000 words by Wednesday 17 July 2024.


We will also host workshops on Wednesday 11 September for anyone interested in submitting to the special issue in Supply Chain Management: An International Journal and for Early Career Researchers. The workshops will be held in parallel from 14:00 - 17:00. 

  • Paper development workshop

    The paper development workshop is an amazing opportunity for those interested in more in-depth feedback on their work on a one-to-one basis with senior scholars, possibly for submission to the special issue on Modern Slavery and Supply Chain Management.

    Find out how to apply.

  • Early Career Researcher workshop

    The Early Career Researcher workshop is perfect for early career scholars seeking to build their research skills and connections in the area of business and modern slavery. Early career scholars, defined as PhDs, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty at Lecturer (Assistant Professor) level can apply for the workshop by including a request for involvement in the email to which they attach their abstract.

    Please let us know, in your email, what your discipline is, what you would like to get from the workshop, and the identities of any senior faculty with whom you have already worked (so that we can try to build your network by not pairing you with people with whom you already have a working relationship).

Key dates

Friday 31 May – Deadline for submission of abstracts

Friday 14 June – Notification of decisions & Early Bird Registrations opens

Sunday 30 June – Early Bird Registrations closes

Wednesday 17 July – Deadline for submission of full papers & for the Paper development workshop

Friday 16 August – Registrations closes

Tuesday 10  September– 09:00 - 17:00 Main conference

Wednesday 11 September –  09:00 - 14:00 Main conference; Paper development workshop & Early Career Researcher workshop running in parallel from 14:00 - 17:00

There will be a conference dinner on Tuesday 10th September. The cost of this is included in the conference fee.

Registration fees

Registration Type Dates Fee (£)
Early Bird 14/06 - 30/06 150
Standard Registration 01/07 - 16/08 200
PhD Student 14/06 - 16/08 50
  • What is included in the fee?

    Attendance of 2 main conference days 

    Attendance of the Paper development workshop OR Early Career Researcher workshop (if accepted)

    Conference dinner

    Lunches and coffee breaks at the conference days 

  • What is not included in the fee?

    Travel costs

    Accommodation costs

    Transfers from Brighton to the University of Sussex, Falmer campus 

    Pre-conference drinks for early arrivals (optional)

Conference organisers 

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For more information about the conference, please get in touch.