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Supply Chains / Exhibit

‘Objective‘: A multidisciplinary modern slavery project

Featuring the testimonies of survivors and their journeys
through formal support, ‘Objective‘ (profiled in Stylist Magazine) attempts to shed light on the reality of the new restrictions in UK asylum and immigration legislation, while envisioning a path towards a more equitable future for those who have survived modern slavery.

Co-created by photojournalist Amy Romer, director of After Exploitation Maya Esslemont, and Global Reporting Centre Fellow Emma Barnes-Lewis; with support from Professor Andrew Crane of the University of Bath. The project team also hosted a workshop for survivors of slavery, showcased the project as an exhibition, presented to academics from around the world, and published an op-ed in Open Democracy.

The objective exhibit in a large, modern room with huge windows. Inset: Three objects featured in the exhibit: a cell phone, a bible, and a math workbook.
Objective: snapshots of modern slavery. Photo credits: University of Bath (top) and the Objective Project (bottom three)

Supply Chains / Article series

Toronto Star

Inside the factories that make your clothes

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered unprecedented levels of poverty, indebtedness and exploitative conditions in the garment industry, according to the findings of a joint Toronto Star/Global Reporting Centre investigation in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield.

Photo: EYERUSALEM JIREGNA / Toronto Star

Supply Chains / Articles

Image: Janie Osborne for The New York Times

November 15 2023

So thieves nabbed your catalytic converter. Here’s where it ended up

The pollution control devices contain valuable metals, making them a hot commodity for recycling. Some beneficiaries of the thefts look the other way. By Walt Bogdanich, Isak Hüllert, and Eli Tan, supported in part by the Hidden Costs Academic-Journalism Collaboration Grant. Read the story here.

Photo: Provided by Kwabena Adu Koranteng

September 20 2022

China’s capture of Ghana’s fishing industry threatening food security

Ghanian journalist Kwabena Adu Koranteng and researcher Alassane Samba look at how Chinese proliferation in Ghana’s fishing industry is threatening food security in the region. This story is a result of the Hidden Costs Academic-Journalism Collaboration Grant. Read the story here.

Photo: Philippe Le Billon/CBC News

June 4 2022

To fight illegal fishing in the Galapagos, Ecuador turns to new technology

CBC’s Chris Arsenault and UBC researcher Philippe Le Billon teamed up to investigate how Ecuador is combating illegal fishing in their biodiverse waters. This story is a result of the Hidden Costs Academic-Journalism Collaboration Grant. Read the story here.

  • Supply Chains / series

    The fish you (don’t know you) eat

    Twenty-five percent of fish caught in the ocean don’t land on our plates. They’re churned into fishmeal, which is used to feed farmed fish. But what are the true costs of this process?

    Students of the Global Reporting Program travelled to China, Peru and West Africa—key locations in the global fishmeal industry—to find out.

    Winner of the DPA for best editorial package.

Supply Chains / Podcast

America’s digital dumping ground


What happens to your old electronics? They might not end up where you expect. In this podcast we trace the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs. Published in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal.

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