Alison Gardner

Rights Lab Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Administration


Dr. Alison Gardner (Sociology and Social Policy) works as part of the  Rights Lab's Health and Communities 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.

Research Projects

A Localised Multi-Agency ‘Problem Profile’ of Modern Slavery in Nottinghamshire

Addressing the Impacts of Covid-19 on Efforts to Combat Transnational Trafficking in Persons in Nepal

Building Community Resilience Against Exploitation Amongst Leicester Garment Workers

Building Local Resilience to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking after Covid-19: Action-Research in Senegal and Kenya

Labour Exploitation Education and Awareness

Modern Slavery – Everyone’s Business?

Overcoming Barriers to Understanding and Responding to Exploitation

Recognising and Addressing Links Between Cognitive Impairment and Exploitation in England

Slavery-Free Communities Network

The Antislavery Partnership Toolkit

The Clewer Initiative: An Appreciative Inquiry

What Governance Responses Underpin Community Resilience Against Modern Slavery?

Workers' Rights and Labour Exploitation


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