CCARHT Masterclass 2020

Our movement into hosting over two days, three strategically focused Masterclasses, will provide younger researchers, MSc and PhD students developing their expertise and understanding in the field of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, with a unique opportunity to share their research, hone their methodologies, receive helpful feedback from the expert senior academic chair and their Masterclass peers, and attend to the insights and experience of their session’s keynote speaker.  The experience will bring a vital and rare opportunity to young researchers just starting out, to expose their research to the complex environment of international inter-disciplinary research in an atmosphere of generous critical reflection which CCARHT is renowned for.

The Masterclasses will be divided into three sections, Psychology, Sociology, and Criminology projects.  It will take place over two days on the 19th and 20th October 2020. There will be a senior academic chair for each section, who will moderate the discussion and provide expert feedback for the presenting students.  It is envisaged that we shall be hosting presentations from  5 – 6 students over a 3 and a half hour session, allowing plenty of time for reflection, critical engagement, and sign-posting for future direction which the presented research signals for ongoing research collaboration, the sharpening of methodological tools,  and addressing some of the ubiquitous research challenges which surround this area of academically rigorous attention.


The sections on Monday will commence with Psychology to be chaired by Professor Cornelius Katona, Medical Director of the Helen Bamber Trust, the afternoon Section in Sociology by Dr Carole Murphy from St Mary’s University, London and Tuesday morning Section in Criminology by Dr Alexis A. Aronowitz from the University College Utrecht.


 Our keynote speakers will be Harold D’Souza, Director of Eyes Open International (Day one) and Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe the Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge (Day two). The overall Chair for the Masterclasses will be our Executive Director Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford.


As this is an on-line event there is the opportunity for those who have recently completed or are in the final year of completion of their first degree to sit around the wider table and listen in to some of the challenges and opportunities facing those setting out on the journey of post graduate research, and benefit from the process of the Masterclass as it unfolds.  Furthermore, those representing organisations who rely on the thinking which is currently taking place within the academy, will benefit from reflecting on new lines of enquiry which are unfolding to inform ongoing operational excellence and resource some fresh approaches in current policy development.   If you are not presenting a paper, you will be allocated auditing places around the Masterclass table and able to engage in ‘Chat’ in the zoom based on-line auditorium we are creating for you.  We shall be allocating subject area, interdisciplinary, and aligned research expertise ‘break out spaces’ for discussion during the Masterclass to assist in the evolution of CCARHT networks of academic support to support your development.  


The Masterclass is quite exceptional for several reasons.

We are Online.  Due to the rapidly changing and uncertain determinations of what will be possible globally as well as across Europe and in the UK due to COVID-19, the ON LINE forum offers the unique opportunity to reach global diversity of young research voice under one virtual roof.  The only constraint is the requirement for a reliable internet connection and a facility in English as the medium for engagement of these Masterclass sessions is English.  No additional costs for transport, or alimentation, just the inscription cost of attendance.

We are delighted that in our presently physically distanced environment, you will be part of an international cohort of students focusing on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery who are frequently somewhat isolated in their research field at their university, with the opportunity to share their hard work,  receive validation and advice on their work, locate fellow travellers,  whilst securing vital professional experience in attending, presenting and networking at an international conference, with internationally respected experts as their interlocutors.

All attendees will receive a CCARHT certificate of attendance for their Masterclass participation, and those who present a certificate of specific commendation for their presentation, with the most noteworthy aspect of their paper validated in this commemoration of this inaugural Masterclass.

We shall serve as a platform for re-inspiration through the contributions of other panel members, keynote speaker and peers all of which will assist you as a young academic to be fuelled and inspired at the beginning of this fresh academic year 2020/2021, in the midst of a global pandemic, which has taken its toll on our energies and disrupted so many of our plans.

Break out spaces, sharing each others research questions and breakthroughs, discussing a variety of methodological approaches, unearthing some of the nuggets of research breakthrough into applied delivery, and benefiting from the accrued wisdom of some of the ‘applied research’ pioneers in this critical field of human rights protection, psychological safeguarding and recovery, and criminology, awaits you.

Range of interdisciplinary insights.

As always one of the hallmarks of a CCARHT event is the range of voice we capture around the table and this Masterclass will be on exception. There are a limited number of spaces for those wishing to bring their papers for some gentle probing by acknowledged international experts, and friendly and appreciative reception from peers working in similar but different terrains. This Masterclass could be the first of your steps in connecting with the international cohort of researchers and policy making colleagues with whom you could be making your collegial impact in the decades to follow.

The only proviso on attendance is that this is a Masterclass series which is focused on bringing the key disciplines of Criminology, (Law), Psychology and Sociology to the process of Research reflection on Human Trafficking. Those who are working from other schools, (Statistics, Land Economy, Public Health, Development Studies, International Relations, History for instance) are encouraged to attend, and if these disciplines have sufficient number of PhD researchers presenting themselves to us, who are keen to bring a paper, do alert us so that we can consider how to incorporate your work either in an appended/ adjusted Masterclass on Tuesday 20th October 2020 afternoon if a sufficient number of papers from associated disciplines are gathered, or to bring another expert voice to facilitate the discussions in one of the three lead disciplines being run out on the 19th and 20th October. 

Widen the Circle of Expertise

We look forward  to seeing you with us, and thank you for your time in sharing on this wonderful opportunity across your various social media links, your university networks and departments, and following our twitter at @ccarht for updates and this web site ( for the latest schedule as it emerges. Don’t forget to use our hashtag  #ccarhtmasterclass in your media updates. If you use Linked in we can be found on Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking and Facebook has us on Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking  

I want to present a paper – to whom do I send it?

If you are interested in presenting, send your abstract (up to 750 words with indicative bibliography and current short CV) to no later than the 12th of October 2020. We will inform you on the 14th of October if your application to present was successful

I don’t have a paper but wish to attend in the stalls!?

You will be most welcome just click through on the ticket below to bag your place at what will be a fascinating and most worthwhile event. Please remember that this is an ENGLISH MEDIUM event – as the only constraint to attendance. Everybody is attending in order to learn! So let your colleagues know and do come along for a rich exploration of current themes being undertaken for research.

Please find here the Eventbrite link for the event.