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Andrea Nicholson

Nottingham Research Fellow, The Rights Lab/School of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Andrea Nicholson is a Nottingham Research Fellow in the Rights Lab and with the School of Politics and International Relations. She joined Nottingham in 2017 as an Associate and later as Research Fellow, having previously worked at Nottingham Trent University as a Head of Department, and as Research Director for Nottingham Law School. She received her PhD in American & Canadian Studies and History from the University of Nottingham in 2018. Her research interests include human rights, public administration and public policy, immigration, 'modern' slavery and human trafficking. She focuses on the narratives and antislavery ideas of survivors of extreme human exploitation, working closely with government bodies and NGOs primarily on victim support.

Teaching Summary

Andrea Nicholson has previously taught at postgraduate and undergraduate level on trust law, public law, jurisprudence, international human rights, and public international law. In the School of… read more

Research Summary

Andrea Nicholson's research focuses primarily on survivor voices; their narratives (widely conceived), testimony, and participation. Her current research concerns survivor interactions with State and… read more

Andrea Nicholson has previously taught at postgraduate and undergraduate level on trust law, public law, jurisprudence, international human rights, and public international law. In the School of Politics & International Relations, she has taught on the MA Slavery & Liberation, convened a level 3 module 'slavery past and present', and will be teaching on The Politics of Human Rights.

Current Research

Andrea Nicholson's research focuses primarily on survivor voices; their narratives (widely conceived), testimony, and participation. Her current research concerns survivor interactions with State and NGO services, support mechanisms, and the ethics of research involving survivors. She currently leads several research projects, including: The ESRC funded 'Pathways to Liberation' assessing survivors' support needs outside of the National Referral Mechanism in the UK; the Freedom Fund funded 'Sustained Liberation' projects evaluating survivors' realities of sustaining freedom 1-3 years post NGO support in Northern India and Ethiopia; 'Migrants on the Move' evaluating the support needs of trafficked unaccompanied migrant children and young adults in Greece; and the creation of survivor informed ethical principles for research with survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

She has collaborated on research with a number of non-governmental organisations, and provided consultancy to international and governmental organisations. She has co-authored a Cost Benefit Analysis of the Modern Slavery Victim Support Bill 2019-2020 currently progressing through Parliament, and authored a report on child slavery for the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

Past Research

Andrea Nicholson's previous research focused on the legal definition of slavery, historic and contemporary narratives, conceptions of freedom, identity, and survivor activism.

Future Research

Current and planned research focuses on associated violations, sustainable development, displacement, migration and asylum, gendered perceptions of sex trafficking, including distinctions between sex work and sex trafficking, and the impact of policy and central support frameworks for 'hidden' victims.

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