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Alicia Nicholls

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Alicia Nicholls is the Junior Research Fellow with the SRC. She is also a member of the teaching faculty of the SRC’s flagship Masters in International Trade Policy (MITP). 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. She recently completed the Research Supervision course and the Post-Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning (PGCUTL).


Alicia’s disciplinary focus is international political economy (IPE). Her research work focuses on foreign investment law/policy, global financial regulation, financing for sustainable development and international business. She has been a General Member of the Canadian-based Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) since 2015. She is also a member of the Michigan-based Academy for International Business (AIB) since 2016, the International Studies Association (ISA) and the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA). She is also a Fellow with the Caribbean Policy Consortium (CPC).


Alicia presents and writes 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, and the Caribbean Studies Association’s monthly newsletter. She also enjoys volunteering and is a proud member of the Lions Club of Bridgetown.


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.


  • Post-graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados)
  • 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).

Research Interests

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

Select Publications/Presentations

  • Nicholls, Alicia. 2021. “Investment Facilitation for Financing the Sustainable Development Goals in the Caribbean”, SRC Policy Brief 1. Bridgetown: The University of the West Indies. https://shridathramphalcentre.com/policy-briefs/
  • Zamor, Helene, Alicia D. Nicholls, and Albert Christopher Lee. 2021. “The importance of language and culture to the growing Sino-Caribbean commercial relationship”, Global Discourse 11, no. 4: 657-677. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/204378921X16320858067099
  • Yearwood, Ronnie and Alicia Nicholls. 2020. “The European Union’s Economic Substance Rules in Commonwealth Caribbean Jurisdictions: What Is the Purpose?” Bulletin for International Taxation 74, no.9. https://www.ibfd.org/IBFD-Products/Journal-Articles/Bulletin-for-International-Taxation/collections/bit/html/bit_2020_09_e2_1.html
  • Wright, Allan and Alicia Nicholls. 2019. “The EU AML/CFT list of high-risk third jurisdictions: implications and options for The Bahamas”. (IDB Policy Brief 319). Washington DC: Inter-American Development Bank. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18235/0001750
  • Nicholls Alicia and Yentyl Williams. 2016. “Defining Intra-Caribbean Relations in a PostPreference Era: Caribbean Regional Integration Driven by Exogenous International Trade Pressures”. Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies (JECS) 41(2&3): 111-138.
  • Panelist, Global Americans and Caribbean Policy Consortium Webinar ‘Post Summit of the Americas Hemispheric Assessment: A Caribbean Perspective”, July 7, 2022
  • Presenter, “Trade Policy for National Growth and Sustainable Development”, 8 th SALISES Virtual Forum on “Post-Covid Recovery and Economic Imperatives for Growth and Sustainable Development in Trinidad and Tobago”, May 2022.
  • Discussant, Institute of International Relations (IIR) Diplomatic Dialogue – “The Role of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force in Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism/Countering Proliferation Financing Compliance” on February 10, 2022
  • Panelist, Session 3 “Solutions for the way forward”. IIED & UNCTAD Webinar on international investment agreements and climate action on February 4, 2022. • Presenter on topic “Challenges facing International Trade in the Caribbean” at Young Economists Association of The UWI Cave Hill’s Webinar on International Trade. November 20, 2021.