Alicia Kidd

Dr Alicia Kidd

Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty and Department

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

Qualifications

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

Summary

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.

Recent outputs

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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

Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective

Dunhill, A., Gordon, F., Kidd, A., Kirk, T., & Lundy, L. (in press). Responses to child victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom: a children’s rights perspective. Child and Family Law Quarterly,

Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities

Green, S., Kondor, K., & Kidd, A. (in press). Story-telling as memorialisation: suffering, resilience and victim identities. Oñati Socio-Legal Series,

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

2018

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.

Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers

2018

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

Conference organisation

Anti-Slavery Day Modern Slavery Workshop

2019

A conference hosting 60 front line practitioners across Humberside. The conference involved participants working through a theoretical scenario of modern slavery in the local area in order to identify potential gaps and set actions in order to overcome them.

Conference presentation

Unavoidable Exploitation? How Conflict Drives Human Trafficking

2019

This paper was presented at 'Project Solebay' conference at St Mary's University, organised by Trilateral Research. 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. May 2019.

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

2019

This paper was presented at St Mary's Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary's University. 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. May 2019.

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

2019

This paper was presented at the Economic History Society Conference, Queen's University, Belfast 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. March 2019.

Practical Approaches to Modern Slavery Victim Care

2019

This conference was based around Victim Care Pathways regarding modern slavery, held at the University of Hull. 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. March 2019.

The Policy Responses to Modern Slavery and their Implementation in Light of Immigration Policy

2019

A paper on the hypocrisy of a government claiming to prioritise modern slavery whilst simultaneously implementing policies that increase risk of modern slavery. This paper focuses on the UK asylum system and the hostile environment. This was presented at the 'Critical Perspectives on Modern Slavery: Law, Policy and Society' conference at the Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull. October 2019.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Member of Confederation of British Industry's Young Leaders Network

2020

The network is aimed at under 35s, and ensures prospective leaders’ voices are heard when shaping the business community of the future. Alicia promotes both the work of the Wilberforce Institute and the wider University as part of her role, joining some of the most exciting young talent in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Other

Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership

2016 - 2020

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.

Freedom Talks: Modern Day Slavery Panelist 2017

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: Modern Day Slavery Panelist 2019

2019

A panellist at the Freedom Festival Freedom Talk, in conversation on labour exploitation.

Freedom Talks: In Conversation with Guardian Investigative Journalist Annie Kelly

2019

Panel discussion with award-winning human rights journalist and editor of the Guardian’s Modern-day slavery in focus series Annie Kelly

BBC Free Thinking

2020

Guest speaker on the BBC Free Thinking show, talking about modern slavery and using workshops to bridge the gap between academia and practice.

Guest on BBC 4's The Listening Project

2017

Guest speaker on BBC 4's The Listening Project talking about how my interest in modern slavery grew and what my work involves.