Alison Gardner

Rights Lab Associate Director (Communities and Society Programme) and Nottingham Research Fellow in Slavery-Free Communities


Dr. Alison Gardner (Sociology and Social Policy) leads the Rights Lab's Communities and Society Programme. Her Nottingham Research Fellowship focuses on governance responses that underpin community resilience against modern slavery. This research is identifying core ‘social-determinants’ which make a community resilient against slavery at local level, building an evidence base on the contribution and value of different governance and community-based responses to modern slavery, and sharing knowledge on what constitutes effective anti-slavery governance and policy interventions. She also holds a GCRF Global Engagement Network Grant to investigate the social determinants underpinning resilience against exploitation across four countries. She is the winner of the national Marsh Prize for Community Activism in Combating Slavery and was named in the UK Top100 Modern Slavery Influencers. Her previous work with the Rights Lab included an evaluation of the Clewer Initiative (the Church of England's national antislavery project) and work with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to map multi-agency anti-slavery partnerships across the UK, identifying potential examples of good practice.  She has career experience and expertise in local government and public policy.


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