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Valentine Gavard-Suaire

PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway University of London

Valentine Gavard-Suaire's research interests include critical perspectives on modern slavery and human trafficking studies as well as feminist geopolitics.

Her PhD research looks at the development of protection initiatives in the context of irregular migration between Vietnam and the UK. She examines situated yet interdependent approaches to Vietnamese migrants' circumstances and related impacts on their mobility and rights. She also analyses the extend to which Vietnamese migrants' lived experiences and voices inform anti-slavery and anti-trafficking projects.

Her 2018-2019 fieldwork in Vietnam was supported by the Sarah Howie Prize, the Paul Broome Prize & RHUL.

Geographies of hiding: power, vulnerability and agency in secret spaces, Gavard-Suaire, V., 20 Oct 2020, In : Geography Compass. 14, 10, p. 1-10 , e12532.

‘Don’t become a victim’, stay where you are: Trafficking prevention and the promotion of immobility in Vietnam, Gavard-Suaire, V., 19 Oct 2020, In : Mobilities (Submitted).


  • –present
    Postgraduate researcher, Royal Holloway