Social@risk™ is a collaborative project

Globalworks Lund AB develops and manages Social@risk™ as a platform for labour and human rights experts, data scientists, and intelligent machines. The Social@risk™ team works together with public authorities, as well as non-governmental and private organisations that seek to explore new and more effective ways to protect workers’ rights and interests. Our common goal is to prevent violations, provide remedy where harm is done, and effectively manage social risks.

The Social@risk™ team

We are a growing group of university researchers in social sciences and data science, as well as labour activists with deep knowledge and profound experience. Our team consists of experts in the fields of human rights, labour rights, and media communication. We are organised in panels with country and language specific knowledge on Thailand, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. We are open to everybody who contributes to our expertise and values diversity, professionalism and independent thinking.

Stefan Brehm

Stefan Brehm is associate professor at Lund University and research director at Globalworks Lund AB. He is an economist by training and an expert on China’s political economy. Stefan is familiar with statistical modelling and spatial econometrics. Stefan is an expert on China’s social media landscape and member of the human rights research hub at Lund University. He speaks and reads Chinese.

Gion Koch Svedberg

Gion Koch Svedberg is associate professor at Malmö University and partner at Globalworks Lund AB. He has more than fifteen years of experience as academic researcher and consultant in the field of computer sciences. Gion is an expert in automation, automatic process control and feedback systems, including modelling and simulation, adaptive systems and machine learning. He designed and implemented distributed, intelligent systems, including applications in machine-to-machine learning and Internet of things

Phasy Res

Phasy Res is a research and advocacy officer at Mekong Migration Network (MMN) based in Thailand. MMN is a sub-regional network of civil society organizations, migrant grassroots groups, and research institutes working together to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers and their families. Phasy joined Globalworks’ Cambodia expert panel in 2018. She has more than five years of professional experience in research and advocacy work related to health, microcredit, migration, and labour rights.

Karin Zackari

Karin Zackari is Ph. D. candidate in human rights, photographer, and photo journalist. She holds a Master’s degree in human rights. Her field of expertise is Thailand. Karin’s research is concerned with nationalism, state violence, resistance and social movements. She joined Globalworks’ Thailand expert panel in 2018.

Helena Magnusson

Helena Magnusson is a multiple start-up entrepreneur and co-founder of Globalworks Lund AB. She is an academic activist trained in political science, gender studies, and labour rights. Helena is an expert on China and has more than ten years of experience in the field of labour organizing. She has worked as senior HR manager at a large US-Chinese joint venture in China. Helena is certified in GRI reporting and experienced in conducting social audits.

Hanh Nguyen

Hanh Nguyen is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic and Social Development based in Myanmar, a policy consultant for the Global Green Growth Institute in Vietnam, and expert panel member for Social@risk™. She has more than three years of professional experience working on environmental and labour issues in developing countries. Her research and projects are focused on climate change, migration, gender and labour rights.

Quynh T. Hoang

Quynh T. Hoang is a native Vietnamese and currently based in Amsterdam. Trained as a media researcher, she is familiar with digital research methods and contemporary media practices. Quynh has conducted research projects on workers in the textile and software industry, social movements, and censorship in Vietnam. She is also a human rights activist focusing on privacy and freedom of expression.

Hedvig Lagercrantz

Hedvig Lagercrantz is a master student in Economic Development at Lund University. She has previous experience from working with the consultancy firm Technopolis group and has developed a special interest in human rights issues in Africa. Her research has focused on the social impacts of the mining industry in Africa. 

Policy Statement

Social@risk™ is a multiple stakeholder platform with the aim to improve the working and living conditions in global supply chains.

The workers and communities that we support often reside in economically developing or emerging nations, with weak formal institutions protecting their legal rights and interests. In many cases, workers and communities are exposed to repressive means when they seek to organize themselves and demand change.

When people dare to speak up publicly even though they are under threat, it is particularly important to listen and leverage these mundane acts of courage. At the same time, listening and leveraging comes with distinct responsibilities to ensure privacy, data security, ethical use of data, stakeholder credibility. All stakeholders of social@risk™, therefore, are committed to the following policies:


  • We only search for voices on publicly accessible sites.
  • We never ask for access to private information.
  • We never engage directly with users on the internet.
  • We never encourage or discourage users to post information on the internet.
  • Under no circumstances do we look for information with the aim to reveal the real identity of an internet user.

Data security

  • Data containing individual posts is encrypted and only experts with clearance and direct legal obligations have access to raw data.
  • We do not provide information that would allow anybody to trace a statement, post, or internet user.
  • All information that is shared with partners, other organisations, and the public is aggregated and non-traceable.

Ethical use of data

  • All analyses performed serve the purpose to manage and mitigate social risks.
  • All insights generated with Social@risk™ serve the interests of workers and communities.
  • Analyses must not aim at monitoring workers or communities.
  • Analyses must not aim at undermining or interfering with workers’ and communities’ activities and communications.

Stakeholder credibility

  • Social@risk™ is not profit-seeking. All surplus income is used to subsidize research and development, co-finance projects that do not (yet) achieve full cost coverage, and support worker and community organisations.
  • All stakeholders are committed to mobilize resources with the aim to directly improve working and living conditions. Resources for policy work is kept at a minimum.
  • All stakeholders are committed to make insights generated with Social@risk™ and the resulting actions publicly available.