Laya Behbahani

Lecturer and researcher

Lecturer and researcher

Laya Behbahani’s specialist subject is forced labour and human trafficking experiences in the Middle East.

She has explored the role of the sponsorship system in shaping the experiences of the migrant work force in the Middle East, and the policies and politics that govern the interplay between immigration, criminal laws and labour laws. In addition, she has collaborated on projects around the implications for corporate responsibility of forced labour and slavery, and business models of forced labour.

She is a Sessional Lecturer in Labour Studies and a Business & Policy Analyst at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her Masters at the School of Criminology there and is now a PhD student at the School of Communications.

Elevating spirituality

Laya Behbahani has previously worked at the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and currently serves as an advisor to the commander of the British Columbia mounted police.

Deeply active in her local community, she is also the Director of Strategic Planning and a Co-Founder of Tasneem Institute, an organisation that aims to elevate the spirituality of the Muslim community by creating rich educational content through short courses, infographic videos and publications.