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St. James
Research  Centre

A Community of Practice.

Training the next generation of international aid workers

Established by Global Family Care Network in Scotland. Our goal is to equip leaders to conduct research and implement programmes in community-based development, prevention of modern slavery, rehabilitation and psycho-therapeutic programmes for victims of human trafficking, and orphan care. We aim to innovate and implement sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

2022 Symposium on Modern Slavery

The inaugural Symposium on Modern Slavery will be hosted by St. James Research Centre (SJRC) August 5th – 6th 2022. SJRC was founded in 2019 and provides evidence-based training and resources to policymakers, practitioners, and students in modern slavery, community-based development, non-profit management and governance, and child-care. Our goal is to create an international community of practice dedicated to developing innovative solutions for social intervention and policy. 


The 2022 Symposium on Modern Slavery will present a wide range of topics related to three key emerging tenets of the global fight against Modern Slavery, including modern slavery in the United Kingdom, diversifying practice and emerging policy, and innovations in the field. We welcome anyone from the public to join, especially practitioners and policymakers in the field of anti-modern slavery, researchers, local and national government officials, students, health care professionals, and child-care professionals.


SJRC offers a range of in-person and online courses in community development, programme evaluation, and modern slavery. Courses can be taken by anyone and are taught by our global network of experienced practitioners. 


The Study Abroad programme at SJRC is designed to provide students with a diverse and welcoming study environment. Students can stay on campus at SJRC and take classes with experienced researchers and practitioners.

The Summer Study Abroad programme in Scotland is designed to provide students with a practical study environment in which to gain work experience in a non-profit combatting modern slavery and promoting family strengthening in Scotland. Students will complete a research assignment and attend seminars at St. James Research Centre (SJRC), as well as work alongside Global Family Scotland's team implementing prevention programmes in central Scotland. 

We are offering a special scholarship to students from Kern County. Learn more!


A research fellowship enables you to participate in innovative research projects on community-based development, human trafficking, and orphan care. ​Currently, all research fellowships are remote. They are overseen by SJRC's director, participate in regular research meetings, and collaborate on new studies and research projects. Fellowships may start at any point in the academic year. 

Fellows may choose to focus on their own research or collaborate with SJRC team members on existing research. Here are some of the research projects in which fellows have been involved in the past: 

  • Measuring risk and risk factors for commercial sexual exploitation

  • Implementation of orphan care systems in low- and middle-income countries

  • Understanding the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for survivors of trafficking

  • Global missions and community development​


SJRC's Global Studies Internship is a unique programme that combines targeted studies and hands-on experience. Our goal is to equip future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to implement effective and sustainable solutions to community strengthening, modern slavery, and child protection. SJRC is a faith-based research centre located in the middle of Scotland!


The GSI programme begins with a 3 or 6-month internship at our training centre in Scotland and an optional additional six months at one of Global Family's international programme locations. This unique hybrid programme combines classes and practical hands-on experience emphasising social justice, identification and intervention of human trafficking, and strengthening of local communities.

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