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Securitisation of Nature, Displacement and Unfree labour in Brazil's Amazon

This project (2021-2024) aims to examine the securitization of regulatory agencies and its impact on experiences of unfree labour within internally displaced communities (IDPs) in Brazil, particularly in biodiverse and resource rich regions. This three-year study will focus on the experiences of unfree labour in massive-scale transport and energy infrastructure projects to investigate:

(1)  how the securitization of state policy and practice is regulating forms of slave labour in infrastructure projects among newly displaced in the Amazonian region;

(2) the extent to which inequitable access to social rights and adequate living conditions following displacement are linked to the experience of slave labour;

(3) how the shared experiences of the internally displaced and the enhanced visibility of their working conditions can inform local, national and international policies and practices to combat slave labour.

Project Coordinator


Leverhulme Trust and University of Strathclyde 

Leverhulme Early Career fellowship (ECF)

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