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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


Research Associates

Dr Rebekah Larsen

Postdoctoral fellow at Oslo Metropolitan University in the Department of Journalism and Media

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Mr Luke Church

Luke Church is a CGHR Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Technology. He is interested in how the design of technology preconfigures human experiences, and the creation of alternatives that allow for different experiential, political and economic outcomes. His research has studied this question in a number of contexts including architecture, choreography, software engineering and most recently citizen representation as a Director of Programmes & Innovation at Africa's Voices, the CGHR spin-out. His current research is investigating how alternative metaphysical perspectives can challenge many of the fundamental assumptions we've built about what computation is, what it can do and for whom. 

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Dr Thomas Probert

CGHR’s Research Associate on the Justice and Accountability in Africa 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.

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Dr Stephanie Diepeveen

Dr Stephanie Diepeveen is 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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Dr Zeina Al Azmeh

Zeina Al Azmeh is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Educated in Syria, Lebanon, the US, and the UK, she has two master’s degrees in social and cultural theory and in music composition and a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance.

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Dorien Braam

Dorien Braam previously worked with the United Nations, Netherlands Government and NGO’s across Asia and Eastern Africa focusing on forced migration, protection, human rights and shelter. She holds a BSc and MSc from Delft University of Technology, and a MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis on animal health in complex humanitarian emergencies. For her PhD in Veterinary Medicine she studies zoonoses - diseases transmitted between animals and humans - in displaced populations, with a focus on the Greater Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

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Dr Matt Mahmoudi

Matt was the Program Lead at The Whistle Project and co-founded and coordinated the Cambridge branch of Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps, a digital human rights platform based out of the Department of Sociology and the Centre of Governance and Human Rights. He received his PhD in Development Studies at Cambridge, and is particularly interested in the possibilities and challenges these present for refugees and migrants. He also received an MPhil from Cambridge, and a BA in Politics with Business Management from Queen Mary University of London. At CGHR, Matt founded and co-produced 'Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast', and has contributed and advised on several other projects including for Africa's Voices Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, the UN OHCHR, and Global Rights Nigeria.

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