Ailsa Winton holds a PhD in geography from Queen Mary, University of London, and worked as an academic in Mexico from 2005 to 2020, being based at the Mexico-Guatemala border from 2012. Her research interests relate broadly to the critical geographies of marginality and violence, and more recently her work has focused on violence-based displacement in northern Central America and southern Mexico, including detailed research on LGBTQ mobility. She has led a number of research projects in collaboration with local and international organizations in Mexico, and has published widely in both English and Spanish.