Dr Ellie Gore

Department of Politics and International Relations

Global Challenges Research Fellow, Dr Ellie Gore, will examine the relationship between gender and forced labour in Ghana, undertaking intensive field research in three regions of the country.

Dr Ellie Gore


About Dr Ellie Gore's research:

"My project entails a comparative study of gendered vulnerability to, and experiences of, severe labour exploitation across three sectors in Ghana: cocoa; sex work; domestic work. It aims to build an in-depth understanding of the intersections between gender and forced labour in the Ghanaian economy and to identify policy interventions to address this. The study focuses on two primary research questions: What factors determine women workers’ vulnerability to forced labour in Ghana? and how does gender shape these workers’ experiences of forced labour?

"I am delighted to be part of a cohort of Global Challenges Research Fellows at the University, who are conducting innovative and important research into some of the most pressing global issues of our time. The fellowship is also a really exciting opportunity to work in partnership with colleagues at the University of Ghana and to establish new empirical evidence on women’s experiences of labour exploitation in the Ghanaian economy. This evidence is intended to inform wider policy and academic debates on preventing and combating forced labour, in both the Global South and the Global North.

"This is an important fellowship for me, as it offers a platform to fully establish myself as an independent researcher and to work on a new study that consolidates and advances the lines of inquiry I have been developing since my doctoral research. I am also excited to be staying on at SPERI, where I will contribute to the Labour and Decent Work research stream, as well as benefiting from the intellectual stimulus offered by colleagues and their expertise in policy impact and engagement work.

"I’m particularly looking forward to building on, and deepening, my existing relationships and networks at the University of Ghana, both in the Sociology Department and across the wider university."

Email: e.gore@sheffield.ac.uk