Rights Lab Associate Director (Communities and Society Programme) and Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Alison Gardner (Sociology and Social Policy) leads the Rights Lab's Communities and Society Programme. She focuses on the connections between the global and the local in the area of modern slavery, including governance responses and community resilience to modern slavery. Her research is identifying core ‘social-determinants’ which make a community resilient to slavery. She has built an evidence base on the contribution and value of different governance and community-based responses to modern slavery. She has led multiple funded projects, is the winner of the national Marsh Prize for Community Activism in Combating Slavery, and was named in the UK Top100 Modern Slavery Influencers. She has career experience in local government and public policy.