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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 Lecturer 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.  Most recently, this includes her ESRC-funded project on Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability, as well as the Horizon 2020-funded project, The Whistle, which is developing an app to support the reporting and verification of human rights information. Ella is also a co-founder of Cambridge’s Ethics of Big Data Group, which currently is researching the ethics and governance of machine learning and automated decision-making in the professions of journalism, law and medicine.

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Dr Sharath Srinivasan 

Dr Sharath Srinivasan

-Dr Sharath Srinivasan is on research leave from Cambridge from September 2017 to August 2019-

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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Deputy Director

Dr Stephanie Diepeveen

Dr Stephanie Diepeveen is deputy director and a CGHR Research Associate on the theme of Digital media, voice and power. Her research looks to take a historical perspective on recent and profound changes brought about through digital media, specifically on the African continent. Her individual research has focused on digital media in Kenya and eastern Africa, specifically how digital media intersect with everyday politics and forms of public participation. Her PhD research, conducted within the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge, examined the nature and political possibilities of everyday publics in Mombasa, Kenya, looking at the manifestation of ‘people’s parliaments’ on the streets and online through Hannah Arendt’s ideas about the public realm. Looking forward, she is increasingly interested in the intersection of digital media and political authority in contemporary politics on the African continent.

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