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2020/21 events

The Cost of Trafficking in Human Beings: Report Launch

Thursday 29th October, 2-3pm

Webinar Recording

A new report on the Cost of Trafficking in Human Beings led by the Violence and Society Centre, City, University of London, was published by the European Commission to mark European Anti-Trafficking Day, 18 October 2020.

Download the report

This webinar on 29 October will highlight key findings from the report and make the case for why a gender disaggregated approach that takes account of longer term harms is key to understanding the full costs associated with trafficking.

Trafficking of human beings in the EU disproportionately affects women and only three per cent of the total costs is spent on specialised support for victims. The study finds that the total costs associated with the trafficking of women are almost three times greater than that for men.

The event will consist of contributions by the report authors, led by Professor Sylvia Walby, a public Q&A, and discussion; and chaired by Professor Karen Shire, who has published on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings in the EU.

This report builds on previous research on trafficking in human beings by Walby and colleagues for the EU Anti-Trafficking Unit, which can be found here:

Data collection on trafficking in human beings in the EU.

Comprehensive Policy Review of Anti-Trafficking Projects funded by the European Commission.

Gender Dimension of Trafficking in Human Beings.

Speakers and Discussants



This event is hosted by the Violence and Society Centre, City, University of London, UK.

Varieties of Gender Regimes Webinar

Thursday 24th September 2020

Watch the Variety of Gender Regimes webinar recording

This event was hosted by Sylvia Walby at the Violence and Society Centre, City, University of London, UK, and co-organised with Karen Shire at the Essen College for Gender Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany


This event discussed the Special Section of Social Politics on ‘Varieties of Gender Regimes’ published in August 2020.

What are the varieties of gender regime? This event focused on Walby’s varieties of gender regimes – domestic and public regimes; and, within the public, both neoliberal and social democratic varieties – and pathways to alternative forms. Is this model sufficient to encompass the turn to less progressive forms and multiple global regions or are further varieties needed? At stake here is the distinction between modern and premodern, public and domestic, the meaning of conservative, the concept of the family, and the theorisation of violence.

Speakers and Discussants

The authors introduced their papers, followed by two discussants, and then opened to question and answer:

Moderator: Heidi Gottfried (Wayne State University, USA)

Discussants: Mieke Verloo (Radboud University, Netherlands) and Roberta Guerrina (University of Bristol, UK)

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2019/20 events

Measuring Violence: The Mental Health Dimension

Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Over 50 academics, policymakers, and practitioners working on violence and mental healthtook part in Measuring Violence: The Mental Health Dimension hosted by the Violence and Society Centre on 18th June 2019.

Participants from; Office of National Statistics; Home Office; Lancet Psychiatry and the Economic and Social Research Council joined practitioners from; End Violence Against Women; Rape Crisis; Safe Lives; Imkaan and Against Violence and Abuse and scholars from; Kings College London University College London; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Universities of Bristol; East London; Lancaster and Liverpool John Moores were welcomed by the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Chris Greer.

The aim was to develop a measurement framework on violence and mental health which mainstreams gender and develops a language shared by multiple academic disciplines and professional and practice communities. The workshop was funded by a large UK Research and Innovation and Economic and Social Research Council grant on Violence, Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change (PI: Louise Howard, King’s College; 2018-2022).

Sylvia Walby, Director of the Violence and Society Centre, leads the Measurement Stream of this grant and will host a second measuring violence workshop next year.

Varieties of Gender Regimes Workshop

Friday, 7th June 2019

Theorising Varieties of Gender Regimes was the title of a workshop hosted by the Violence and Society Centre on 7th June 2019. 15 scholars of sociology, political science and gender studies from Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States came together to discuss and debate different ways of theorising and operationalising gender regimes across different contexts and scales.

The workshop was funded by Sylvia Walby’s Anneliese Maier Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, 2018-2023), which is to finance international and interdisciplinary research collaboration with colleagues in Germany on re-working a theory of society that better takes violence and gender inequality into account.

The debate will continue, with the next gender regimes workshop held in Berlin in 2020.