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Alys McAlpine

BA MSc

Research Degree Student

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

I have a background in reproductive and sexual health research with a focus on gender based violence, human trafficking, and migration. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

  • Seminar leader and lecturer for Conflict and Health Module (MSc course)
  • Lecturer for 'Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning' (short course)

Research

I am a member of the Gender Violence and Health Centre (GVHC) within the Department Global Health and Development. I am currently a recipient of the Economic Social Research Councils's UBEL Doctoral Training Partnership scholarship.

For my PhD, I am conducting mixed-methods research (egocentric network analysis, qualitative analysis, and agent-based modeling) using a complex adaptive systems approach to exploring labour migration pathways between Myanmar and Thailand. This research will explore the social and intermediary networks that inform, influence and coordinate migration pathways. Additionally, the research will investigate migration decison making. I will be using network analysis and agent based modelling techniques to map these networks and the actors within these networks to simulate the systems of migration and emergect outcomes (labour exploitation continuums). 

Before pursuing doctoral studies I was a full time Research Fellow at LSHTM. I worked on the LINEA Project (Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse). LINEA investigates social norms and structural factors driving child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project's aim is to inform prevention. I was also a Co-Investigator, alongside Principal Investigator Dr. Mazeda Hossain, on a DfID funded study evaluating both International Rescue Committee and Care International's GBV case management interventions in Dadaab refugee camp, Kenya

Before joinging the GVHC I was part of a team of LSHTM researchers, including Dr. Ligia Kiss and led by Dr. Cathy Zimmerman, reviewing safer migration evidence for programming. These reviews are made available by Freedom Fund in the report Safer labour migration and community-based prevention of exploitation: The state of the evidence for programming. This report included thematic and systematic analyses as well as qualitative interviews with key experts in the field of migration work.

For the completion of my MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at LSHTM I conducted a systematic review of the evidence of sex trafficking in armed conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Research Area
Conflict
Systematic reviews
Gender
Methodology
Migration
Mixed methods
Qualitative methods
Modelling
Discipline
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Mathematical modelling
Policy analysis
Statistics
Social Sciences
Country
Brazil
India
Kenya
Myanmar (Burma)
Nigeria
Nepal
Thailand
Tanzania
Uganda
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)