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Dr Mick Wilkinson


Mick Wilkinson

Lecturer in Modern Slavery, Criminology & Social Justice

Biography Mick has been a Permanent Associate at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), Hull, since its inception in 2006.

Over the past 20 years he has taught across a range of disciplines: politics, social policy, development studies, gender & identity, sociology and criminology. In a previous life Mick was a Yorkshire miner and punk lyricist. His great passions are political history, countercultures and radical forms of expression in music, theatre and the arts.

Presentations include:

- ‘Reclaiming the agenda on immigration: forging positive narratives in a ‘small island’ nation.’ To Talking Heads, Headingly Enterprise & Arts Centre, Leeds, March 2020

- 'Challenging the border mentality: A time to revisit our commitment to the Refugee Convention.' To HEART/Leeds Festival of Ideas, May 2019

- 'Critical community engagement.' to FREEDOM TALKS: Big Picture Activism for Systemic Change led by Local Futures, Hull Freedom Festival, Sept. 2018

- 'Negligence Most Profound: HM Government culpability in the growth of modern slavery in the UK.' To Headingley Development Trust, (HEART) Leeds, Feb. 2018

- The rhetoric and the reality of tacking modern slavery in the Brexit era.' To U3A, Hunmanby, Nov. 2017

- 'Neoliberalism and the destruction of the Welfare State'. To Hull People's Politics Oct. 2016

- 'Migrant workers in the UK and in the region: the solidarity imperative'. To Hull Trades Council, Feb 2016

- 'Swimming against the tide: Destitution as an instrument of Government'. To Hull and East Riding Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Forward Partnership Conference, Hull University, Aug. 2015.

- 'A Safety net shredded on the playing fields of Eton'. To Financial Inclusion Conference, Hull & East Riding CAB, Hull, Sept. 2014.

- 'Not fit for Purpose: UK Government approaches to tackling trafficking for sexual slavery'. To University of the Third Age, Hull, June, 2014.

- 'One step forward, two steps back. Who will protect the unprotected?' To the Forced Labour Monitoring Group policy forum ‘Forced labour: Current Issues and Debates' London, Jan. 2013

- 'Trafficking for the UK sex trade'. To the Inner Wheel Club, AGM, Hull, Jan. 2013

- 'Who will Protect the Unprotected? Trafficking and sexual slavery in the UK'. To ‘Modern Slavery, Women & Resistance,' International Women's Day Conference, Guildhall, Hull, March 2012
Research Interests Research interests include: social justice; slavery in the 21st century; transnational organised crime; inequalities and social divisions; poverty and social exclusion; power, resistance and rebellion; migration; refugees and asylum; race, racism and multiculturalism.
Teaching and Learning Postgraduate

- Key Issues in Identity Politics
- Development Studies


- 'Race' and Social Justice
- Inequalities, Social Divisions & Social Change
- Modern Slavery
- Transnational Organised Crime
- Community & Youth Work: Politics, Policy and Action
- Equality and Diversity: Policy and Practice
Scopus Author ID 7401695931