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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


CGHR Co-Directors

Dr Ella McPherson

Dr Ella McPherson


Dr Ella McPherson became Co-Director of CGHR in September 2017, following a number of years as a research associate and the lead for CGHR’s research theme on Human Rights in the Digital Age. Ella is Associate Professor in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology as well as the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology at Queens’ College. Ella’s research focuses on the construction, evaluation and contestation of truth-claims in the public sphere, using human rights reporting as an empirical lens.  She founded and leads The Whistle, an academic startup that supports the collection and analysis of digital evidence for accountability and social change. 

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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. 

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