Andrea Nicholson is a team lead with the Rights Lab, a university Beacon of Excellence, where she leads the project Survivors’ Solutions. Her research draws on history, cultures, literature and psychology to interpret the law and frameworks surrounding contemporary slavery, focusing on the value and application of survivors´ narratives to anti-slavery strategies.
Her PhD on contemporary slave narratives is with the Department of American & Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She also has an LLM from Durham University and a first-class LLB from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. Before joining the University of Nottingham, she was the Research Director at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University, and previously Principal Lecturer and Head of Department for Postgraduate Programmes. She has provided consultancy to the International Labour Organisation on the international legal framework on women's and labour rights for research conducted into the global care chain for migrant women; to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for the playwright Eve Ensler on slavery in the UK, and has been interviewed for the film Unmasking Modern Slavery.
She is a member of the University of Nottingham Centre for Research in Race and Rights; the Nottingham Trent University Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice; a member of the Advisory Board for HartinMedia, an award-winning video-production agency that produces films on slavery; a fellow of the HEA; a member of the Society for Legal Scholars; a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association; and teaches international human rights and on a massive open online course (MOOC) called Ending Slavery.She currently supervises the following postgraduate student: Shanlin Wu: ‘A critical examination of UK asylum determination in the case of acutely vulnerable groups’; and is Independent Assessor for Richard Jones: ‘Encouraging non-State Armed Groups to comply with the constraints of International Humanitarian Law: (how) can it be done?