Dr Alicia Kidd

Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty and Department

  • Institutes
  • Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation


  • BSocSc (University of Manchester)
  • MA (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (University of Hull)


Alicia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wilberforce Institute. Her research focuses on the topics of 'modern slavery' and human trafficking. She also works with the Risk Assessment Service, supporting businesses to identify and mitigate risk of labour exploitation in their supply chains.

Journal Article

Approaching contemporary slavery through an historic lens: an interdisciplinary perspective

Nelson, R., & Kidd, A. (2018). Approaching contemporary slavery through an historic lens: an interdisciplinary perspective. Journal of modern slavery, 4(2), 1-20

Research interests

'Modern slavery'

Human trafficking

Supply chains and labour exploitation

Conflict and exploitation

National Referral Mechanism

Practitioner responses to 'modern slavery'

Awards and prizes

High Sheriff's Award


Alicia has received a High Sheriff’s award in recognition of great and valuable services to the community in relation to her work on modern slavery.

Conference presentation

Unavoidable Exploitation? How Conflict Drives Human Trafficking


This paper was presented at 'Project Solebay' conference, organised by Trilateral Research and was based on Alicia's PhD. It focused on the drivers of human trafficking in conflict and post-conflict situations in order to understand the conflict-specific vulnerabilities that put people most at risk.

Empty Gestures and System Testers: Government Hypocrisy in the Face of Modern Slavery


This paper was presented at St Mary's Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery. Based on findings from in-depth interviews with individuals who have experienced ‘modern slavery’, or who have been placed at risk by government systems, this paper examined the underlying hypocrisy of a government that, on one hand, claims to ‘lead the way in defeating modern slavery’ and, on the other, puts people at direct risk of exploitation.

Economic Exploitation: A Comparative Case Study of the Cost of Human Smuggling


This paper was presented at the Economic History Society Conference, 2019. It was based on case studies of individuals who hired smugglers and discussed how individual wealth can impact on the likelihood of a situation of smuggling becoming one of trafficking.

Practical Approaches to Modern Slavery Victim Care


This conference was based around Victim Care Pathways regarding modern slavery. The presentation provided a case study example of a large scale case of modern slavery in the local area in order to encourage practitioners to identify the steps they would need to take to provide the best victim care.

Freedom Talks Panelist 2017


Alicia was a panelist at Hull's Freedom Festival's Freedom Talk in 2017 where she provided an overview of the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking locally, nationally and internationally.

Freedom Talks Panelist 2019


At this event, Alicia joined Annie Kelly, journalist at the Guardian, to discuss the criminal exploitation of children in County Lines cases.


Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers


In 2018, Alicia was recognised as one of the UK's Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers.

Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership


Alicia has been the Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership since 2016. The Partnership is a strategic forum of front line organisations across Humberside dedicated to tackling all forms of modern slavery and human trafficking.