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Dr Sasha Jesperson

Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery

About Research

Sasha Jesperson is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University Twickenham. Before coming to St Mary’s, Sasha was leading research on organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute, working closely with government departments to ensure that research is useful for strengthening policymaking on organised crime. Her research background is on organised crime and particularly the role of development is preventing and responding to criminal activity.

Sasha completed her PhD at the London School of Economics. Her research examined international initiatives to address organised crime through peace building missions under the framework of the security-development nexus, comparing examples from Sierra Leone and Bosnia. Sasha also completed an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and worked for Amnesty International for three years, primarily focusing on human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts.



Book chapters

  • ‘Filling Governance and Development Vacuums: A Role for Development Actors or Criminal Groups?’ in Corrupt Places: The Illicit in the Governance and Development of Cities, Regions and Networks, Tim Hall and Ray Hudson (eds), Routledge (forthcoming – October 2017).
  • Kept at Bay: Corruption and Crime in Sierra Leone, Handbook on Organised Crime, Politics and Governance, Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour (eds), Edward Elgar (forthcoming).

Journal articles

Reports and policy briefings