Leah (Bomberger) Edwardsphoto of Leah (Bomberger) Edwards

Masters of Social Work with A Certificate in Global Social Work, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
BA in International Relations, American University, District of Columbia, USA

email: labomberger1@sheffield.ac.uk

Thesis title / scope of research

My research approaches the contested field of trafficking research with an eclectic theory background that pulls from feminist economics, transnational feminism, intersectionality, and the construction of trafficking as a business. I focus on how women can exit exploitation and gain economic assistance by faith-based organizations. Furthermore, I examine how the problem of trafficking is constructed by faith-based organizations with specific attention given to the understanding of economic barriers experienced by women. I aim to contribute to the field by conducting ethnographic research within the Europe in source countries.


  • Dr Harriet Churchill (primary)
  • Dr Majella Kilkey (secondary)


Edwards, L. (forthcoming) Kingdom of God Theology: A motivation for responding to human trafficking. Sexual Exploitation, Practice and Theology. Eds. Miles, G. and Prevette, B.

Edwards, L and Mika, K (2016) ‘Advancing the efforts of the macro level social work response to sex trafficking.’ International Social Work Online First, 1-12.

Conferences – Workshop Facilitated

European Evangelical Alliance Conference, Tallinn, Estonia October 2018

Interactive seminar on action orientated research for frontline anti trafficking workers

European Freedom Network Bi-Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany October 2017

Overview of Basic Research Skills for Frontline Workers in Faith Based Anti-Trafficking Organizations

Conference presentations

Development Association Studies Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom June 2018

"Even though they beat us I pray for them": East African women's experiences of vulnerable migration situations in the Middle East as Christians”

European Freedom Network Bi- Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany October 2017

“Female Economic Migrants in the Middle East: Ethnographic research in the intersection of religion, economic empowerment, and trafficking”

Royal Geography Society International Conference, London, United Kingdom September 2017

“Operating Under the Radar: The experiences of anti trafficking Christian organisations working in the Middle East”

"Reconsidering the dominant discourse: Approaching human trafficking with an eclectic theory framework" in 2014 PGR Conference of the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield


Member of the European Freedom Network