Dr Siobhán McGrath
Pronouns: She/her (or they/them)
Siobhán McGrath is a lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University. She works within labour geography as well as development geography from a broadly political economy perspective. She holds an MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research, a BA in International Studies from the School for International Training, and a PhD from the University of Manchester's Institute of Development Policy and Management. She previously worked at Lancaster University prior to joining Durham in November 2013.
- Work, labour and employment, particularly:
- forced labour (and related concepts such as unfree labour and human trafficking)
- degrading conditions of employment, precarious work, and unregulated work characterised by workplace violations
- labour within Global Production Networks (GPNs)
- Brazil's role as a Rising Power as it relates to South-South globalisation and development.
Siobhán has just completed a €300,000 (£225,000) study on initiatives to address forced labour and trafficking in supply chains, part of a wider €2.5 million research project funded by the European Commission and led by The International Centre for Migration Policy Development on 'Addressing Demand in Anti-Trafficking: Efforts and Policies'. A series of policy briefs has been produced from this research, proposing four principles for addressing trafficking, forced labour and slavery in supply chains.
Her doctoral work analysed the labour dynamics of production networks in two cases of 'slave labour' in Brazil. Prior to this, she was involved in research on 'unregulated work' in New York City - that is, jobs characterised by violations of (or exclusion from) labour and employment laws.
Prospective PhD Students
Siobhán welcomes prospective PhD students interested in labour geography and development geography, particularly in:
- unfreedom in labour relations
- precarious and degrading work
- labour and Global Production Networks
- labour in the Global South
- South-South globalisation and development
Siobhán serves on the International Advisory Board of the journal Antipode and the Associate Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society.
She has also peer reviewed articles for the following journals: Environment and Planning A, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Geoforum, Urban Studies, Economy and Society, Oxford Development Studies, Anti-Trafficking Review, Urban Affairs Review, Human Geography and Brasiliana.
Department of Geography
Chapter in book
- McGrath, Siobhán & Fabiola Mieres (Published). Trabalho Escravo Contemporâneo: um negócio lucrativo e global (Contemporary Slave Labour: a profitable global business). In Escravidão Contemporânea (Contemporary Slavery). Sakamoto, Leonardo Editora Contexto. 129-150.
- McGrath, Siobhan (2016). Unfree Labour. In International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Castree, N., Goodchild, M., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W., Marston, D. & Richardson, D. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Carstensen, L. & McGrath, S. (2015). National Pact to Eradicate Slave Labour in Brazil: A useful tool for unions? In Struggle in a Time of Crisis. Pons-Vignon, Nicolas & Nkosi, Mbuso Pluto Books.
- McGrath, Siobhán & Strauss, Kendra (2015). Unfreedom and Workers’ Power: Ever-present Possibilities. In The International Political Economy of Production. van der Pijl, Kees Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 299-317.
- McGrath, Siobhan & Watson, Samantha (2018). Anti-slavery as development: a global politics of rescue. Geoforum 93: 22-31.
- McGrath, S. (2018). Dis/articulations and the interrogation of development in GPN research. Progress in Human Geography 42(4): 509-528.
- Strauss, K. & McGrath, S. (2017). Temporary migration, precarious employment and unfree labour relations: Exploring the ‘continuum of exploitation’ in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Geoforum 78: 199-208.
- McGrath, Siobhán & Rogaly, Ben (2014). Researching “Slave Labour” an experiment in critical pedagogy. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 13(4): 630-633.
- McGrath, Siobhán (2013). Fuelling Global Production Networks with Slave Labour?: Migrant Sugar Cane Workers in the Brazilian Ethanol GPN. Geoforum 44: 32-43.
- McGrath, Siobhán (2013). Many Chains to Break: The Multi-dimensional Concept of Slave Labour in Brazil. Antipode 45(4): 1005-1028.
- DeFilippis, James, Martin, Nina, Bernhardt, Annette & McGrath, Siobhán (2009). On the Characteristics and Organization of Unregulated Work in Cities of the United States. Urban Geography 30(1): 63-90.
- McGrath, Siobhán & DeFilippis, James (2009). Social Reproduction as Unregulated Work. Work, employment and society 23(1): 66-83.
- Bernhardt, Annette McGrath, Siobhán & DeFilippis, James (2008). The state of worker protections in the United States: Unregulated work in New York City. International Labour Review 147(2-3): 135-162.
- McGrath, Siobhan & Mieres, Fabiola (2017). European Policy Brief: Four principles for addressing trafficking, forced labour and/or slavery in supply chains. FP7 Framework Programme for Research of the European Union. International Centre for Migration Policy Development.