Charline Sempéré

Department of Politics and International Relations

PhD research student

Doctoral researcher at Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute.

Co-convener of SPERI Doctoral Researchers Network.

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Charline Sempéré
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Charline is an ESRC funded doctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and in the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and an affiliate researcher at the Laboratoire d’Économie et de Sociologie du Travail Aix-Marseille Université. She is co-convenor of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers Network.

  • BA Applied European Languages – Université de Montpellier III, 2016.
  • MA Global Political Economy – University of Sheffield, 2018.
  • MA Social Research – University of Sheffield, 2020.
Research interests

PhD title: Women and Unfree Labour: A Feminist Political Economy Account.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Matthew L Bishop

Secondary Supervisors: Dr David DuriesmithDr Frédéric Décosse

Her current PhD research is investigating the impact of social systems of oppression such as gender and race in shaping the vulnerability of workers to exploitation and forced labour in the global economy. Special attention will be given to the 'everyday' experiences of women workers and racialized workers, their stories, their struggle but also their agency and acts of resistance. The research is grounded in the analysis of a particular industry and its domestic supply and recruitment chains, namely the agri-food sector in a European context.

Publications: Genevieve LeBaron, Remi Edwards, Tom Hunt, Charline Sempéré & Penelope Kyritsis (2022) The Ineffectiveness of CSR: Understanding Garment Company Commitments to Living Wages in Global Supply Chains, New Political Economy, 27:1, 99-115, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2021.1926954

  • RTA ILO - IOM Seed Grant : ‘From Research to Action: Using Knowledge to Accelerate Progress in the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour'
  • ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership 1+3 Studentship
Teaching interests
  • Labour and Employment in the Global Economy,
  • Forced labour,
  • Human Trafficking,
  • Gender
  • Social Power Relations
  • Supply Chains
  • Supply Chain Governance
  • Feminist and International Political Economy