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Alicia Nicholls

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Alicia Nicholls is Junior Research Fellow with the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services. She is also a member of the teaching faculty of the SRC’s flagship Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP) programme.

Alicia first joined the SRC as a Research Consultant in 2010-2011 after graduating the MITP programme (Cohort 6) with distinction in 2010.  In April 2019, Alicia rejoined the SRC team full-time initially as a Trade Research Assistant.

Her areas of research focus include investment law/policy, financing for sustainable development, international business and global financial regulation.

Alicia is a frequent contributor to the SRC’s Trading Thoughts column, and is the main interviewer for the SRC’s One on One Chats. She has also on occasion acted as a moderator for the SRC’s monthly Lunch Time Chats.

In addition to the MITP, Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (First Class Honours), a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, and an Associate Degree in French, Spanish and German for Business and Tourism from the Barbados Community College also with distinction.

She also holds the FITT Diploma in International Trade from the prestigious Canadian-based Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) and has been a FITT General Member since 2015. She is also a member of the Michigan-based Academy for International Business (AIB) since 2016.

Alicia has presented and written on a wide gamut of trade, investment and development issues for regional and international publications and industry magazines, including the Barbados Business Authority, IFC Review, Caribbean Export Outlook, The BCSI’s The Exporter Magazine and the Caribbean Studies Association’s monthly newsletter.

Alicia is a former Government of Barbados Exhibition Winner (2005). A language enthusiast, she speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese and also has knowledge of German and Italian. In her limited spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, the gym and spending time with her loved ones.


  • FITT Diploma in International Trade – Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) (Ontario, Canada).
  • Bachelor of Laws – LL.B (Upper Second Class Honours) – University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados).
  • Masters of Science in International Trade Policy – M. Sc. (Distinction) – University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados).
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science (Special) – B.Sc. (First Class Honours) – University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados).
  • Associate Degree in French, Spanish & German for Business and Tourism (Distinction) – Barbados Community College (Barbados)

Research Interests

  • Investment Law/Policy
  • International Business
  • International Political Economy
  • Global Financial Regulation
  • Financing for Sustainable Development

Select Publications/Presentations

  • Author of SRC Policy Brief on “Investment Promotion and Facilitation for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Caribbean” – June 2021
  • Presenter at Inaugural AML Research Conference held by Central Bank of the Bahamas, ABSA, CDB and IDB on January 22-23, 2020.
  • Discussant for Investment Facilitation for Development panel at CARICOM Conference on WTO Reform, January 8-10, 2020.
  • Panelist at 3rd Annual BITT Conference ‘Central Bank Meets Blockchain’ on September 10, 2019.
  • “Using a Trade Vulnerability Index to determine eligibility for developing country status at the WTO: A conceptual response to the ongoing debate”. Co-authored with J. Jason Cotton and Jan Yves Remy. SRC Working Paper.
  • “Strategic Repositioning to boost Brand Barbados“. IFC Caribbean 2019 . August 2019.
  • “The EU AML/CFT List of High-Risk Third Jurisdictions: Implications and Options for The Bahamas”. Co-authored with Dr. Allan Wright. IDB Policy Brief. June 2019.
  • Commentary on “Does Jurisdictional Competition Rule Out IFC Collaboration?” in IFC Review’s upcoming IFC Economic Review 2019 – “Synchronicity – Can IFCs work together?”
  • “Climate Change: Rebuilding for Resilience” Caribbean Export OUTLOOK magazine -3rd Edition, November 2018.
  • “What may the Trump Presidency mean for the future of International Financial Centres?”IFC Economic Report 2017/2018 Winter Edition.
  • “De-Risking: The ‘Perfect Hurricane’ Threatening Caribbean IFCs.” IFC Caribbean Review 2017.Economic Citizenship and Freedom of Movement of the Caribbean Community National: An Irreconcilable Tension? Presented at the 18th Annual SALISES Conference, Trinidad & Tobago – April 2017.
  • Defining Intra-Caribbean Relations in a Post Preference Era: To what extent is the regional integration process being driven by extra-Caribbean forces? Co-authored with Yentyl Williams and presented at the 17th Annual SALISES Conference, Barbados – April 2016 and published in the Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, Vol 41, Nos 2 and 3, August/December 2016.
  • “Statesman and Caribbean Visionary”. Contribution to Fathering a Nation: Barbados and the Legacy of Errol Walton Barrow. Edited by Guy A.K. Hewitt, 2016. Available at Hansib Publications here.
  • “The Sustainability of Citizenship by Investment Programmes“. Global Residence and Citizenship Review Q3 2016. Henley Partners.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: A viable solution for reducing Barbados’ case backlog? Barbados ADR Association’s Website – 2012
  • “Promoting the CARIFORUM Creative Industries: A Critical Review“, Caribbean Creatives Magazine: Issue 1 Vol 3, Jul-Sept 2011
  • “Rihanna in Numbers” (with Dr. Keith Nurse), Caribbean Creatives Magazine : Issue 1 Vol 2 Jan-Mar 2011
  • Investment Provisions in the CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement: What Implications for CARIFORUM-EU Investment Relations? Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) – 2011
  • Enhancing data collection in the Creative Industries Sector in CARIFORUM (with Dr. Keith Nurse) – 2011
  • Investment Rule-making in CARICOM’s International Investment Agreements: Trends and Policy Implications. A Research Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Science in International Trade Policy.

Additional Information

  • Member of the Academy of International Business (AIB), Michigan, USA
  • Member of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), Canada
  • Member & Board Member of the Lions Club of Bridgetown
  • Member, International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Member of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)