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The OAASIS Project 

Open analysis to address slavery in supply chains
Modern Slavery is big business. It affects around 40 million people. That’s more than ever before. Slaves are cheaper than ever before, yet a slave can make thousands of dollars for whoever controls their labour.

Our aims

Our ultimate aims are to change the mindset and culture of global supply chain operators so that modern slavery becomes unthinkable in the modern world; and to change the mindset of consumers so that producers are no longer rewarded for inaction on modern slavery.

Towards this end we will develop learning experiences to fill two identified producer knowledge gaps:

  1. What is a supply chain and how do I trace it
  2. What is modern slavery and how do I address it?

The aims of stage one and two of the project are to develop metrics on modern slavery in the supply chain and provide a proof of concept data visualisation in a virtual reality (VR) environment.

At stage three we will take that VR data visualisation and develop learning experiences to address the identified producer knowledge gaps.

VR is a medium with the power to change minds. It can promote greater empathy than any other form of pre-recorded experience.

Our research

Darian McBain and Joy Murray standing in front of Yvette Coppersmith's portrait of Emeritus Professor Anne Green, President of Sydney’s Physics Foundation.

Darian McBain and Joy Murray

Our work poses several research challenges: data challenges around suitable and reliable metrics; technical ones around data harmonisation and insertion into the global trade framework; supply chain visualisation driven by global trade and modern slavery data; and integration of supply chain visualisation and on-the-ground materials into a VR environment.

Stage one of the project will develop modern slavery supply chain metrics for insertion into the powerful Eora economic trade database; and a proof of concept visualisation of global supply chain data.

Stage two will combine bottom-up local data and top-down global data on modern slavery to drive a VR environment.

Stage three (outside of this current research project) will draw on the expertise and creativity of educational designers, creatives and learning experts to convert VR material driven by local and global data into a range of learning tools suitable for producers and consumers and use in civil society and school education settings

VR is a medium with the power to change minds. It can promote greater empathy than any other form of pre-recorded experience. A unique aspect of the proposed work will be to look at low-cost VR solutions for use in low-income countries.

Our People

Joy Murray (ISA)

Joss Bland-Hawthorn (SIfA)

Arunima Malik (ISA)

Takako Wakiyama (ISA)

Darian McBain

Fuzz Kitto

Carolyn Kitto

Marcus Carter

Jason Robertson

Jorge Gómez-Paredes, Andes Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) (also Duke University, USA & Yachay Tech University Ecuador)

Kimberly Randle, Executive Director at Pty Limited

Thorsten Tepper Garcia

Priya Parthasarathy

Bridgette Addo is a graduate of the Master of Sustainability program. She gained her first degree in Agriculture from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. Bridgette works as an Agricultural Officer at the Directorate of Agriculture Extension Services, responsible for developing extension policies for the Ministry of Food and agriculture in her home country. She has contributed 3D video and collected on the ground data from Cocoa farmers and traders for the OAASIS project.

Julia De Sterke

Background research into Modern Slavery policy & current uses of VR in learning

Our Partners


Joy Murray

Senior Research Fellow
  • Physics A28

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Federation Fellow, Professor of Physics
  • Rosehill Building H90