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CGHR Researchers and Support Staff







Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Dr Sharath Srinivasan, CGHR's inaugural Director, is the David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His research follows two core themes: the politics and external intervention in civil conflicts; the impact of the digital communications revolution in Africa on political change. The former theme focuses especially on his extensive research in Sudan and South Sudan over a decade. On the latter theme, focused on Africa more broadly, he has led a team of researchers at CGHR, collaborates with a range of practitioners and is now Co-founder and Director of Africa's Voices Foundation Ltd. Sharath's leadership of CGHR draws on his MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University in International Development, as well his diverse background coordinating Sudan field operations and working in headquarters for the International Rescue Committee, advising various donor governments and implementing agencies on conflict and transitional programmes, previous work in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company, and undergraduate training in public international and human rights law, and in economics. (Email)

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Research Associates


Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes

Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes led research on the pilot research for Africa’s Voices, collaborating with research partners and radio stations in Africa, as well as development partners. She is now Head of Research and Development at CGHR's spinout organisation, Africa’s Voices Foundation. Claudia holds a PhD in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics (LSE). Her research interests focus on socio-cognitive mechanisms in the field of social representations and on methodologies that bridge people’s outlooks and actions to their social and political context. Before joining CGHR, Claudia was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Social Psychology at the LSE and a Research Consultant at BBC Media Action. (

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Dr Thomas Probert

CGHR’s Research Associate on the Right to Life theme. Thomas is the principal link between CGHR's research on this theme, including its current project on ICTs and the Right to Life, and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. This project looks to explore how the UN, States, and civil society can best support the use of ICTs to protect the right to life as well as the problems that might ICTs pose in this work. In 2013-4 Thomas co-ordinated the project on Unlawful Killings in Africa, which examined the causes and constraints of unlawful killing across the continent. Thomas completed his PhD at Cambridge in the History Faculty, writing on “The Politics of Human Rights in the United States of America and in the United Kingdom, 1963-1976”. His research interests focus on the interactions between international and national politics of human rights, and implications for ideas of normativity and accountability. He works as a research consultant in the Special Procedures branch of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Geneva. (Email)

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Dr Ella McPherson

Dr Ella McPherson

Lecturer in , ESRC Future Research Leader Fellow at the Department of Sociology and CGHR Research Associate leading our Human Rights in the Digital Age theme. Ella’s research focuses on human rights reporting as a lens on the power dynamics of media, communication and democracy, including her project, Human Rights NGOs, Social Media and Governmental Accountability. This project and her recent participation as a scholar for the Social Media Knowledge Exchange project, examines reporting practices at human rights NGOs, approaching them as NGO journalism. The media ethnography she conducted for her PhD at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Sociology, funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, investigated influences on human rights reporting at Mexican newspapers. Ella is also a Junior Research Fellow in Sociology at Cambridge’s Wolfson College and has been a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics' Department of Media and Communications, a Resident Research Fellow at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México’s Center of Inter-American Studies and Programs, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. ()

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Gyda Maras Sindre

Dr Gyda Marås Sindre

Gyda joined CGHR in 2015 as a Marie Curie Fellow (co-funded by the European Research Council and the Research Council of Norway) with the project: Post-conflict Political Parties: Party formation, organisation and institutionalisation in the context of peacebuilding and democratisation. The project asks what characterises political parties that are formed in the aftermath of war and to what extent are they able to aggregate, channel and express political grievances and contribute to conflict management and democratisation? Based on a cross-regional comparison of relevant parties in three post-conflict contexts, Burundi, Bosnia and East Timor, the project aims to provide insights into the specific challenges linked to political parties in the aftermath of war. 

Gyda will be drawing on CGHR's resources and expertise on peacebuilding, collaborating with Devon Curtis and others; organising academic and practitioner workshops; using CGHR’s practitioner network to establish dialogue on the role of political parties in peacebuilding (especially rebel-to-party transformation), and using the CGHR platform to develop a research agenda on political parties and peacebuilding. ()

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Dr Laurie Denyer Willis

Laurie Denyer Willis is a medical anthropologist, concerned most broadly with religion, public health, and urban governance. Her work considers the stakes of state absence and presence, by linking together the sensory and environmental with experiences of disease, dispossession and the politics of hope. She is currently a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights working on a project funded by The Wellcome Trust and DFID on how interactive broadcast radio can be used as a public health tool in the current Zika crisis in Lusophone Africa. Before this she worked extensively in Rio de Janeiro's subúrbios, concerning Pentecostalism, governance and urban space & place, and with UNHCR in Northern Uganda and Sierra Leone. ()


Affiliated Researchers




Dr Florence Brisset-Foucault

CGHR's post-doctoral Research Associate on the New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa research project. Florence led the development of outputs from CGHR's case-study research into the impact of new media and communication technologies on forms of governance and political participation in Africa. Now a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, Florence holds a PhD in political science from the University of La Sorbonne; her dissertation explored repertoires of criticism and imaginaries of citizenship in contemporary Uganda through the analysis of open radio debates (ebimeeza). Her interests lie in political imaginaries and processes of State formation in Africa, and she works on a variety of topics with a focus on East Africa. She is a member of the Association des chercheurs de Politique africaine (ACPA) as well as the Groupe d’initiatives et de recherches sur l’Afrique (GIRAF). (Email)

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Dr Alastair Fraser

CGHR Research Associate on the PiMA project, with a specific focus on Zambia case study. Alastair worked alongside CGHR Research Associate, Fred, UNZA Research Associate Nalukui Milapo and UNZA Research Assistant Emmanuel Tembo. He is now Lecturer in African Politics at SOAS, University of London. His primary research interests are in the political economy of Southern Africa (principally Zambia), and in international relations and the political economy of development. He has published on aid negotiations, debt relief, electoral politics, populism, participatory development and poverty reduction strategies. His most recent publication is a volume co-edited with Miles Larmer, Zambia, Mining, and Neoliberalism – Boom and Bust on the Globalized Copperbelt, Palgrave MacMillan, December 2010. ()

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Dr Iginio Gagliardone

CGHR's first post-doctoral Research Associate on the New Communication Technologies and Citizen-led Governance in Africa research project. Prior to his award of a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Iginio led research design, partnerships and field research in Kenya. Iginio has also advised on the PiMA (Politics and Interactive Media in Africa) project. Iginio is now Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is also a Research Fellow in the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford. How recent work examines the role of new media in peace-building and state-building in East Africa, the increasing role of emerging powers, especially China, in shaping the development of information societies in Africa and the nature and significance of hate speech online, with a particular emphasis on the trade offs between freedom of expression and human dignity, and on how social networking platforms are responding (or failing to respond) to the challenges hate speech presents. Iginio completed his PhD at the London School of Economics investigating the relationship between ICTs and nation-building in Ethiopia. He is also an Associate of the Centre for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania and of the Oxford Internet Institute. (Email)

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