Position Postdoctoral Researcher and University Teacher
Institution University of Liverpool
Discipline Politics
Affiliations Centre for the Study of International Slavery
Twitter @msalexwoods
Other links LinkedIn
Contact  A.Williams-Woods@liverpool.ac.uk

Personal Bio

AlexWoods-1hHaving achieved distinction in her Masters degree in International Relations and Security at the University of Liverpool, Alexandra commenced her PhD research in 2015, subsequently receiving a full scholarship from the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Her thesis, “Abolition and Agenda: The role of ideas in the development of the anti-trafficking movement, the development of policy and the experience of victims”, is investigating the dominant ideas that have shaped the anti-trafficking movement and demonstrating which ideas achieved dominance in the policy sphere.

Research Profile

migration imageAlexandra has pursued research across the broad themes of gender, migration and human rights.  These areas intersect with her current thesis project and also inform other ongoing research.  She is currently working with Women’s Aid on a project investigating experiencing motherhood in the context of domestic abuse and is in discussions with the NHS in Liverpool to undertake further research looking at the training needs connected to modern slavery/human trafficking for medics in Liverpool.


With Yvonne Mellon “Irregular Victims: Investigating the immigration status decisions of post-nrm victims of human trafficking, the availability of eligible benefits and the related impact on victims of trafficking” Journal of Modern Slavery (2019) (forthcoming).

“The UK immigration Regime and Human Rights for Trafficking Victims” Chapter in edited collection produced by Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava (forthcoming).