Dr Siobhan McGrathLecturer
I take a political economy perspective and an interdisciplinary approach. I have mainly worked on issues of labor, work and employment. I have also been working with the Global Production Network (GPN) framework.
My doctoral research at the University of Manchester's Institute of Development Policy and Management analysed the labour dynamics of production networks in two cases of 'slave labour' in Brazil. I continue to be interested in forced labour (and related concepts such as unfree labour and human trafficking). Linked to this is an interest in degrading conditions of employment, precarious work and unregulated work characterized by workplace violations. Finally, I am interested in Brazil's role as a Rising Power.
My work has been published in academic journals including: Antipode; Geoforum; Work, Employment & Society; Urban Geography; and International Labour Review.
Many chains to break: the multi-dimensional concept of slave labour in Brazil
McGrath, S. 09/2013 In: Antipode. 45, 4, p. 1005-1028. 24 p.
Fuelling global production networks with slave labour?: migrant sugar cane workers in the Brazilian ethanol GPN
McGrath, S. 01/2013 In: Geoforum. 44, p. 32-43. 12 p.
Social reproduction as unregulated work
McGrath, S., DeFilippis, J. 03/2009 In: Work, Employment and Society. 23, 1, p. 66-83. 18 p.
On the character and organization of unregulated work in the cities of the United States
DeFilippis, J., Martin, N., Bernhardt, A., McGrath, S. 01/2009 In: Urban geography. 30, 1, p. 63-90. 28 p.
The state of worker protections in the United States: unregulated work in New York City
Bernhardt, A., McGrath, S., DeFilippis, J. 06/2008 In: International labour review. 147, 2-3, p. 135-162. 28 p.
The moral significance of class
McGrath, S. 2007 In: International labor and working-Class history. 71, 1, 5 p.
Stitching together a movement?: three works about globalization, the apparel industry, and anti-sweatshop activism
McGrath, S. 09/2006 In: Antipode. 38, 4, 7 p.