Gavriel Nelken


PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

Start date: October 2019

Research topic: Controlling gangmasters: modern slavery, migrant farmworkers, and the fight against 'caporali' in Southern Italy.

My research takes place at the intersection of critical migration studies and analyses of anti-trafficking. I will research the diverse array of policies, initiatives and campaigns set up by organisations as different as NGOs, trade unions, social responsibility offices of agribusiness companies, governments, and police force, that share the stated aim of fighting against caporalato, which is the “gangmaster system” that is allegedly responsible for the terrible living and working conditions of migrant farmworkers in the South of Italy.

Current position:

Member, Migration Mobilities Bristol

Member, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

Research supervisors: Professor Bridget Anderson, Dr Manoj Dias-Abey, Julia O'Connell-Davidson