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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


About the CGHR Research Group

The University of Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights Research Group is a forum for graduate students and early-career researchers from any department and disciplinary background researching issues of governance and human rights in the global, regional, and national contexts. This is an excellent opportunity to receive cross-disciplinary feedback, to produce a published CGHR Working Paper with editorial help, and to meet and network with student and academic researchers.

The CGHR Research Group meets every first Monday of the month from 1 to 2pm in the Alison Richard Building, Department of Politics and International Studies (7 West Road). Participants may bring their lunch, and tea and coffee will be provided after the seminar.

The aim is to facilitate an exchange between younger and more established researchers, offering a forum for the development of new and innovative ideas, constructive criticism and stimulating debate. Each month, one paper will be presented, and detailed feedback will be provided by a discussant (an established researcher, to be arranged by the Convenor) before opening up for a wider exchange. Presenters will be encouraged to incorporate feedback into a revised document, for possible publication as a CGHR Working Paper.


Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting, please send an abstract (max. 400 words) to the coordinator, Babak Mohammadzadeh (). We are seeking to fill the slots for Lent Term. 

The Research Group of Lent Term 2018 will be held on February 5th and March 5th from 1 to 2pm in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building

You will find more information here

Past Seminars


Radio and Political Change: Everyday Life Listening in Morocco Dr Ali Sonay (POLIS, University of Cambridge)

Life Beside the State: Refusing citizenship in Rio de Janeiro's Pentecostal Subúrbios Dr Laurie Denyer Willis (CGHR, POLIS, University of Cambridge)


Digital Media as Experimental Governance: Shifting the Accountability Paradigm in International Human Rights? Matthew S. Mahmoudi (University of Cambridge)

Governing the slums: Lessons from Kenya and Rwanda Thomas H. Stubbs (Department of Sociology)

Convening citizen engagement: why mediation matters for audience participation in interactive broadcast shows Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes

Inter-Faith Dialogue for the Sake of Governance and Human Rights Arthur J. Keefer (Faculty of Divinity)

The European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights as a Yardstick for the Domestic Law of the Member States Clara Rauchegger (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge)


Pax Academica and the Art of the (Im)possible: investigating habitus, field and capital with lecturers in peace studies
Kevin Kester (Faculty of Education)

‘This man does not even know the meaning of peace': conflicting understandings of peace and legitimate violence in Gulu, northern Uganda
Partha Moman (University of Cambridge)

The art of justice and the justice of art
Eliza Garnsey (POLIS,University of Cambridge)

We know them: images of the enemy and decision making in the Sudan-South Sudan secession negotiations
Dr Laura James (POLIS, University of Cambridge)

Acephalous movements in Sub-Saharan Africa: the real basis for change?
Dr. Marta Iñiguez de Heredia (POLIS, University of Cambridge)

The performative core of power and legitimacy in human rights organisations: the case of the Russell Tribunal
Dr Javier Perez Jara (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge)


What is being targeted when women become the victims of anti-Muslim hate crime: religion, or gender, or both?
Dr Julian Hargreaves (Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge)

Presidential succession crises in Africa: lessons from South Africa and Namibia
Dr Ian Cooper (POLIS, Univeristy of Cambridge)

The future in mind: Aspirations and forward-looking behaviour in rural Ethiopia
Kate Orkin (Research Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge; CGHR Associate)

Suspending Rights: The State of Emergency in armed conflicts, legal exception and case-law practice
Federico Zumpani (University of Palermo)

Human rights education and training programmes in Mexico: A cross-case analysis of practitioners' professional knowledge and practice.
Gabriela Martínez Sainz (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge)

Advocacy Groups and the New Political Dispensation in Kenya and Zambia
Bonfas Owinga, City University London

The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the African Fingerprint: An ethnographic re-visitation.
Dr Niklas Hultin (Research Associate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)


When the state kills: The boundaries of state responsibilities and the right to life.
Dr Thomas J.W. Probert (CGHR)

Framing Peace: The case of conciliatory radio programming in Burundi and Uganda.
Dr William Tayeebwa (Makerere University, Uganda; CAPREx Fellow)

The Kenyan elections of 2013: A triumph of democracy?
Dr Nic Cheeseman (University of Oxford)

Human rights and South-South Development cooperation: Reflections on the "rising powers" as international development actors.
Dr Emma Mawdsley (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

Increasing Citizen Demand for Good Government in Kenya.
Kelly Zhang (Stanford University)

Rethinking the role of ideology in atrocities.
Jonathan Leader Maynard (University of Oxford)


A right to enjoy culture in face of climate change: Implications for climate migrants.
Margaretha Wewerinke (Visiting Scholar, Lauterpract Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge)

From visible to invisible: Tunisia's gendered democracy paradox.
Zoe Petkanas (POLIS PhD student)

Foucault, governmentality and the knowledge economy.
Umar Salam (DPhil candidate at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University)

Why do some countries retract extraterritorial jurisdiction over issues of human rights while others step forward?
Dr Jodie Kirshner, (University Lecturer in Corporate Law and the Deputy Director of the Cambridge Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law)


The rule by law in Ethiopia: Rendering constitutional limits on government power nonsensical.
Adem Kassie (CGHR visiting doctoral student from University of Pretoria)

Political change and the politics of small things.
Dr. Mohammad M Mojahedi (CRASSH and CGHR Visiting Associate)

'Facts on the ground' and the subversion of the global in Israeli activism.
Fiona Wright (PhD Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)

Urban governance as labour rights: The case of transport workers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dr Matteo Rizzo (Smuts Researcher in African Studies, University of Cambridge)

Conspiracy theories as social imaginary: The case of Blackwater in Pakistan.
Dr Humeira Iqtidar (Lecturer in Politics, King's College London)

Human Rights education and the Palestinian Authority Security Services.
Dr Lori Allen (University Lecturer in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics and Society, Cambridge)

Beyond "Asian Values": A reassessment of western and Asian perspectives on human rights.
Ms Yvonne Tew (PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge)


The integration of human rights into official development assistance: Towards reorienting South Korea's ODA policy.
Ms Soo Hee Choi (Visiting Associate at CGHR and International Relations Officer, Communications and Cooperation Division, National Human Rights Commission of Korea)

State of anxiety: Ongoing research on security and sovereign practices in Indonesia.
Dr Laurens Bakker (Radboud University Nijmegen; University of Leiden); co-author, Dr Lee Wilson (Cambridge)

Human Rights Obligations of Multinational Corporations in Weak States.
Nicole Janz (PhD Candidate POLIS)