Skip to main content
AffiliationRoom numberTelephone
Associate Professor in the Department of Geography229+44 (0) 191 33 41535
Assistant Professor , Economy and Culture229+44 (0) 191 33 41535
Assistant Professor , Politics-State-Space  


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.

Research Interests
  1. 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)
  2. Brazil's role as a Rising Power as it relates to South-South globalisation and development.
Research Projects

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.


Chapter in book

Journal Article


Supervision students