Dr Silvie Bovarnick

Address: University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Lunton, LU1 3JU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1582743692
Specialist areas of work and services:
  • Adult Entertainment
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Armed Conflict & Military
  • Begging
  • Brick Kilns
  • Child Marriage
  • Construction
  • Debt Bondage
  • Domestic Servitude
  • Fishing Industry
  • Forced Criminality
  • Forced Labour
  • Forced Marriage
  • General
  • Hotel & Retail
  • International Adoption
  • International Marriage Brokering
  • Manufacturing
  • Modelling
  • Nail Bars
  • Organ Trafficking
  • Other
  • Peddling Ring
  • Prostitution & Sex Slavery
  • Quarrying/Mining/Oil & Gas Extraction

Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire

Experience, Background and Services:
During the past 15 years Dr Bovarnick has worked for various NGOs and government institutions in the UK, continental Europe and Latin America. In the UK she was employed as a Senior Research Officer at the NSPCC carrying out research on different areas of child maltreatment.

Her research has included a participatory project on young people and neglect in cooperation with the Children's Society and the University of York and a study on practitioners' responses to child trafficking in collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire.

She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Health undertaking a comprehensive national research programme on the health and mental health implications of violence and abuse.


PhD in Politics, University of Bristol
MA in International Relations, University of Warwick

Research interests:

The sociology of human rights
Human trafficking
Child protection and child maltreatment
Gendered violence
Public health and violence prevention
Social exclusion and inclusion
Participation and ethics in the research process
Selected publications

Books and publications:

Pearce, J., Hynes, P. & Bovarnick, S. (2013). Trafficked Young people - Breaking the Wall of Silence. London: Routledge.
Peer-reviewed journals
Bovarnick, S. (2010). How do you define a ‘trafficked child’? A discursive Analysis of Practitioners’ Perceptions around Child Trafficking. Youth and Policy. 104: 80-96.
Pearce, J., Hynes, P., & Bovarnick, S. (2009) Breaking the Wall of Silence: Practitioner’s Responses to Trafficked Children and Young People, London: NSPCC.
Bovarnick, S. (2007). Child Neglect. NSPCC Child Protection Research Briefing. London, NSPCC.
Bovarnick, S. (2007). Universal Human Rights and Non-Western Normative Systems: A comparative Analysis of Violence against Women in Mexico and Pakistan. Review of International Studies (33): 59-74.