Specialist areas of work and services:
- Debt Bondage
- Forced Criminality
- Forced Labour
Executive Director, Black Box Research and Consultancy Ltd.
Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetrators & Organised Crime, University of Nottingham
Experience, Background and Services:
Dr Grace Robinson completed her PhD in 2019. Using Merseyside as a case study, her research focused on gangs, Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines.
Grace is the Executive Director of Black Box Research and Consultancy Ltd; a nationwide criminal justice consultancy providing Expert Witness Testimony, commissioned research and educational workshops and training.
She is employed by the University of Nottingham as a Rights Lab Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetrators and Organised Crime, where she is researching the impact of COVID-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines drug supply. Grace is also researching how learning disabilities and mental health issues intersect with different forms of exploitation including cuckooing, debt bondage and forced labour.
For the past five years, Grace has participated in interviews, podcasts, workshops and lectures on Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines to students, practitioners, faith groups and members of the public, and has been an invited speaker at numerous academic and practitioner conferences across the UK.
Grace is also Director of the Lewis Dunne Foundation, a Merseyside charity focused on supporting young people at-risk of gangs and exploitation.
Grace is able to offer independent Expert Witness Testimony on gang structures and hierarchies, County Lines drug supply, cuckooing, criminal exploitation, debt bondage, forced labour and human trafficking.