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Alexandra Ricard-Guay

Reseach Associate, 8-Alexandra Ricard-GuayAddressing demand in anti-trafficking efforts and policies (DemandAT)

Email: alexandra.ricard-guay@eui.eu 
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 820  




Biographical Note

Alexandra Ricard-Guay is a Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, Global Governance Programme since September 2014. She was the main researcher for the study ‘Demand-side of trafficking in persons in the domestic work sector’ (2014-2017), part of the DemandAT project (FP7 European Commission funded project).

Her research interests focus on trafficking in human beings, gender and migration, gender-based violence and adolescent girls, as well as precarious migrants and refugees’ rights. She is currently working on the interconnections between the phenomena of trafficking and smuggling of migrants within the Central Mediterranean migration context.

Alexandra holds a PhD in Social Work from McGill University and a M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). For her PhD, she was a Vanier Scholar (2009-2012), and her doctoral research examined the sexual of adolescent girls in the sex trade in Canada (Quebec). 

Prior to joining the GGP, Alexandra was Associate Researcher at the Transcultural Research and Intervention Team, Affiliated Centre of McGill University and Coordinator of the Quebec Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

She has conducted and coordinated various multi-site research projects: The coordination of services for victims of human trafficking in Canada. (2011-2014, funded by Justice Canada), Access to health care for undocumented migrant women and children (2009-2014, CIHR), and Health outcomes of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation in the context of migration (2011-2012, CIHR). Alexandra has also worked for NGOs and international organizations as programme manager and coordinator in the areas of human rights, women’s rights and education. 

Research interests

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


French, English, Italian

Select Publications

Peer-­reviewed articles

  • Ricard-Guay, A.& T. Maroukis (eds) (2017-forthcoming) 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).
  • 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-Guay Laurin-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

  • 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 (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 (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.