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Alexandra Ricard-Guay

Reseach Associate, 8-Alexandra Ricard-GuayGlobal Governance Programme Email: alexandra.ricard-guay@eui.eu  Tel. [+39] 055 4685 820

Biographical Note

Alexandra Ricard-Guay is a Research Fellow at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) and currently works with Professor Anna Triandafyllidou on a study on the Italian reception system for asylum seekers and other migrants. She is also a Research Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) for the H2020 project CROSSMIGRATION . She joined the GGP in 2014 as a Research Associate to be the main researcher for the study ‘Demand-side of trafficking in persons in the domestic work sector’ (2014-2017), part of the DemandAT project. She has been a consultant for various international organizations, including the ILO, IOM, UNICEF and UNODC. She holds a PhD in Social Work from McGill University, and a master degree in Political Sciences. Her research interests focus human trafficking, gender, irregular migration, access to care and reception for migrants and asylum seekers, adolescent girls and gender-based violence. Before joining the GGP, she was Associate Researcher at the Transcultural Research and Intervention Team, SHERPA (2009-2014). She has extensive experience in project coordination. Among others, she held the position of coordinator of the Quebec Coalition Against Human Trafficking (2011-2014), and of programme manager of training and research projects in the areas of human rights, gender and development, and education (Inter-American Organization for High Education, 2007-2009).

Research interests

Human trafficking, irregular migration, gender and migration, gender-based violence.


French, English, Italian

Select Publications

Special Issue Ricard-Guay, A.& T. Maroukis (eds) (2017) Special Issue. ‘Human Trafficking in the domestic work sector in the EU: a special case or a learning ground for the anti-trafficking field?’Journal of Immigration and Refugee Studies 15(2). Peer-­reviewed articles
  • Triandafyllidou, A. & A. Ricard-Guay (2019) ‘Governing Irregular and Return Migration in the 2020s: European Challenges and Asian Pacific Perspectives’Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
  • Meloni, F., C. Rousseau, A. Ricard-Guayet al., (2017) Invisible Students: Institutional Invisibility and Access to Education for Undocumented Children.  International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 13 (1)
  • Beatson, J., J. Hanley & Ricard-Guay(2017) The Intersection of Exploitation and Coercion in Cases of Canadian Labour Trafficking. Journal of Law and Social Policy, 26 :137-158
  • Ricard-Guay, A. & M. Denov (2016) Narratives of Ambivalence: The Ethics of Vulnerability and Agency in Research on Girls in the Sex Trade. Girlhood StudiesAn interdisciplinary journal. Special Issue Ethical Practice and the Study of Girlhood, 9(3): pp. 28-45.
  • Rousseau, C., A. Ricard-GuayLaurin-Lamothe, A. J. Gagnon & H. Rousseau(2014). Perinatal health care for undocumented women in Montreal: When sub-standard care is almost the rule. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 4 (3): 217­‐224.
  • Denov, M. & A. Ricard-Guay(2013). Girl Soldiers: Towards a Gendered Understanding of Wartime Recruitment, Participation and Demobilisation. Gender and Development. November 2013. 21(3).
Book Chapters
  • Ricard-Guay, A. & J. Hanley (2019 – forthcoming) The challenge of addressing both forced labour and sexual exploitation, In Winterdyk, J. & J. Jones (eds) The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking.
  • Denov, M. Ricard-Guay& A. Green (2016) Girl Soldiers and the Complexities of Demobilization and Reintegration (chap. 26: pp. 550-571).  In S. Sharoni, J. Welland, L. Steiner & J. Pedersen (eds). Handbook on Gender and War. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Ricard-Guay, A. (2015). Trafficking in human beings: 15 years after the Palermo Protocol (pp.354-361). In Triandafyllidou, A. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies. Series: Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. London and New York.
  • Ricard-Guay, A., J. Hanley, C. Montgomery, C. & F. Meloni (2014). Être sanspapiers et devenir mère au Québec: une problématique méconnue.(Being undocumented and pregnant for migrant women in Quebec). In, F. Kanoute, Familles immigrante: parcours migratoires et défis. Presse de l’Université de Montréal (PUM): Montreal.
  • Paccione, L., T. Measham, R. Kronick, F. Meloni, Ricard-Guay, C. Rousseau, M. Ruiz‐Casares (2012). The Mental Health of Children Facing Collective Adversity: Poverty, Homelessness, War, Displacement. In IACAPAP e-Textbook of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Geneva: International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.
Working Papers and Research Reports
  • Ricard-Guay A. (2018) Criminalizing migrants who steer the dinghies in the Mediterranean: A collateral effect of migration management?.RSCAS Working Paper, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2018/32. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Global Governance Programme: Fiesole, Italy.
  • Kuschminder, K. and Ricard-Guay (2018) Reintegration Package for Ethiopia. International Labour Organization (ILO), Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. For the project. Project: Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia. 16 September 2017.
  • Kuschminder, K. and Ricard-Guay (2018) Reintegration Background Report, Ethiopia.International Labour Organization (ILO), Country Office for Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. For the project. Project: Support to the reintegration of returnees in Ethiopia. 16 September 2017.
  • Ricard-Guay (2016) European Policy Brief. Addressing the demand-side of trafficking in the domestic work sector: main findings at European level. DemandAT Policy Brief no. 1. Vienna: ICMPD.
  • Ricard-Guay (2016) Addressing demand in the context of trafficking in the domestic work sector: perspectives from seven European countries. Working Paper. DemandAT Working Paper. Vienna: ICMPD.
  • Ricard-Guay (2016) Labour trafficking in Canada: at the margins of the anti-trafficking efforts. RSCAS Working Paper EUI RSCAS; 2016/40; Global Governance Programme-227. Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, European University Institute: Florence.
  • Ricard-Guay (2016) Trafficking in domestic work: Looking at the demand-side. Working Paper. DemandAT Working Paper no 8. Vienna: ICMPD.
  • Ricard-Guay, A. & J. Hanley (2015). Frontline responses to human trafficking in Canada: Coordinating services for victims. CATHII/McGill University: Montreal.