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Dr. Katharine Jones joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in April 2015 and is a Senior Research Fellow in the Migration, Displacement and Belonging Research Group.

Educated at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne (1992-5; 1998-9) and Manchester (2007-2012), Katharine has more than 16 years experience of conducting migration-related research in a wide range of institutional settings (government, voluntary sector, international organisations, think tanks, funders). She was previously Director and founder of the Global Migrant Rights’ Research consultancy where she led major international research projects on migration intermediaries and human rights for the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, the International Organisation for Migration, and Open Society Foundations amongst others). Prior to this she was Programme Manager (Forced Labour and Anti-Trafficking) at the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Senior Programme Manager (Migration, Young People and the Criminal Justice System) at the Barrow Cadbury Trust, and Senior Research Officer (Migration and Asylum) at the UK Home Office Immigration Research and Statistics Service. She is widely regarded as an expert on labour migration and migration intermediaries and is regularly asked to contribute to international events (with international organisations, think tanks, and international business) on this topic.

Dr. Jones is a Director and Trustee of the Scottish Refugee Council and a trustee of Scottish Detainee Visitors and Bazooka Arts.

Research Interests

Recruiters; Labour migration; Migration industry; Refugees and asylum; Migration intermediaries

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by the need to promote the rights of people who migrate, whether for employment or because they have been forced to flee to seek a place of safety. With a background in researching asylum and refugee issues, for the past decade I have focused on tackling the intermediaries which organise the migration process. Specifically I research the rapidly growing networks of recruiters – also known as the migration industry - which profit from facilitating migration of women and men across national borders and placing them in employment. Geographically, I work in South and South East Asia, Europe, and Africa. It is critical to me that my research is applied rather than esoteric and I therefore work with a multitude of different institutional stakeholders, including international organisations, trade unions and INGOs.

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 6 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Commissioned report
  • 3 Other report
  • 2 Book
  • 2 Article

Fish for Export: Working in the wild capture seafood industry in Indonesia

Jones, K., Visser, D., Humolong Prasetya, J. & Nuriyati, D., 2019, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. 47 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Fishing for Export: calo recruiters, informality and debt in international supply chains

Jones, K., Visser, D. & Simic, A., 7 Jul 2019, In : Journal of the British Academy. 7, Supplementary Issue 1, p. 107-130

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
forced labor

Unravelling Europe's 'Migration Crisis': Journeys Over Land and Sea

Crawley, H., Franck, D., Jones, K., McMahon, S. & Sigona, N., 13 Dec 2017, Bristol: Policy Press. 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access

Struggling to Survive: Slavery & Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Jones, K. & Ksaifi, L., 2016, Freedom Fund. 28 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Participation in conference

Regulating recruitment: labour and criminal justice responses in preventing trafficking in persons and migrant exploitation

Katharine Jones (Speaker)
18 Nov 201419 Nov 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference