Bringing the solution with Shavana Haythornthwaite
Lecturer in International Law, School of Law (now part of the School of Social Sciences)
The role of the academic extends far beyond the outer limits of a university campus, and in Shavana Haythornthwaite’s case, her influence plumbs the depths of vast industrial supply chains, where opportunities for human rights abuses may be creeping through the arteries of the system unchecked.
These malignancies can develop purely as a result of businesses being businesses, which is why the skills of an academic to think deeply and critically are so important.
“Academics have been trained to think differently,” Shavana said. “We take that and we help companies to apply that.”
I think the journey is constantly evolving and constantly shaping and defining me and that will never really stop.Shavana Haythornthwaite / Lecturer in International Law
With the explosion of the digital economy comes a raft of new inequalities debates that run parallel to cyber security. Issues relating to privacy and governmental investigatory powers, regulation, exploitation beneath commerciality, and how communities are affected by commerciality are lurking behind the black mirror, and Shavana and her collaborators are working to find a solution.
“I have to work with other professionals aside from lawyers in order to do the best that I can because everyone has a different approach. I think we need a huge community of academics and practitioners and companies and every other stakeholder that's relevant here in this story to be a part of a solution.”
The interdisciplinary approach to academia at The University of Manchester is a constant element to Shavana’s work, which she believes is her greatest reward every day.
“I think the journey is constantly evolving and constantly shaping and defining me and that will never really stop.”