Remi Edwards joins SPERI as Research & Impact Associate

We are delighted to welcome Remi Edwards to SPERI in her new capacity as Research & Impact Associate.

Remi Edwards in front of a stone wall

Remi is starting her new role at SPERI as she is in the final stages of completing her PhD, which she undertook in the Department of Politics & IR. Her PhD thesis explores how workers shape private governance initiatives in agricultural supply chains, drawing on new field-based data from workers and industry stakeholders in the US tomato and Costa Rican banana industries. She has previously been involved in various collaborative research projects at SPERI, including on living wages in the garment industry, solutions to forced labour in supply chains, and the political economy of the Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement. She is also a former co-convenor of SPERI’s Doctoral Researcher Network (DRN).

Remi started in her new role at SPERI in March 2024. She will lead on delivering SPERI’s research impact and engagement agenda, working closely with the Co-Directors. This includes continuing in her role as SPERI Blog editor, bringing together a new research group within SPERI, and supporting colleagues in their research impact and engagement activities in a variety of fora. Remi will also work on publications based on her PhD research and reports of findings for non-academic stakeholders and practitioners, focusing on labour agency, racialisation and processes of struggle in private supply chain governance initaitives. Remi has previously co-authored pieces in New Political Economy and Global Society, and has written a number of pieces for the SPERI Blog.

Remi said, “I’m so excited to be starting in this new capacity at SPERI. I’ve been based at SPERI since 2018 in various roles, including as a research and impact assistant, co-convenor of the Doctoral Researcher Network, and the Blog editor. The new role gives me a chance to work on wide ranging initiatives and activities across SPERI, collaborating closely with many colleagues, as well as continuing to advance my own research agenda which focuses on labour agency and control in agricultural industries and their governance.”

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