Paul Gready is the Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights and has worked for Amnesty International and a number of other international and national human rights organisations. Most of Paul’s practitioner and consultancy experience has been in Africa, with a particular focus on South Africa. He has served as a member of various advisory groups, for example on human rights and development (Amnesty International Dutch Section, Special Programme on Africa; Novib, Oxfam). Linking academic and practice-based concerns, Paul has published on a number of human rights-related topics, notably transitional justice and human rights and development.
Martina Rieker is the Director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the American University in Cairo. She has designed and led a three year research project on Gender and Region funded by the Ford Foundation, including four pilot research projects: Gender, Violence, Urban Space (Cairo, Mumbai); Labor, Gender, Migration (Morocco, Senegal, Egypt); Gender, Poverty, Economy (Yemen, Morocco, Egypt, India); Women’s Rights: The Human Rights versus Civic Rights Framework (Egypt, India). She has extensive experience in developing and facilitating south-south academic research networks through regional workshop series and is the founder and co-coordinator of the Shehr Comparative Urban Landscapes Research Network. Founded in 2003 with a focus on issues of urban poverty in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, the network to date has held 10 workshops (Khartoum, Karachi, Cairo, Lahore, Istanbul) bringing together scholars, researchers and activists from the three regions.
Simon Robins is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in transitional justice, humanitarian protection and human rights. His work is driven by a desire to put the needs of victims of conflict at the heart of efforts to address its legacies, and this has led to his engaging with victim-centred and bottom up approaches to addressing histories of violence. The issue of persons disappeared and missing in armed conflict remains a focus of his work, and he has recently published a book on this topic (Families of the Missing. A Test for Contemporary Approaches to Transitional Justice). He is also the founder of a blog on the issue of missing persons: www.missingblog.net. He has consulted for a range of international agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Save the Children UK, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Avocats sans Frontières and the Institute for Security Studies, among others. He has also worked with the ICRC in Geneva as Advisor on missing persons and their families, and as a delegate in the field in Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal.
Sara Sadek is a PhD student at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York: her dissertation research examines the situation of Iraqi refugees in Egypt who fled Iraq between 2005-2008 after the US-led war on Iraq in 2005. Since 2004, she has worked as a researcher and consultant for a number of research projects in collaboration with various universities and institutions in the UK, France, Jordan, Syria and Egypt and international organisations in Egypt and Yemen. Her research has included a national survey as well as qualitative research projects with urban refugees in Egypt looking at refugee access to services using the rights based approach, narrative of displacement, assessing refugee livelihoods, trafficking and irregular migration and the viability of microcredit for urban refugees. She has also published a number of research reports and articles. She was part of an Egyptian delegation conducting art and literature workshops with Palestinian youth in refugee camps in Lebanon and with urban Palestinians in Egypt and has also served as the outreach coordinator of the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies. In the summer of 2009 she was part of a group that organized the first Refugee Film Festival in Egypt. The film festival is now an annual event, screening fiction and documentary films over five days in commemoration of World Refugee Day in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt.
Eric Hoddy is a PhD student at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and is exploring transformative justice and agrarian change. Before beginning his PhD, Eric interned at the International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG), South Africa, and worked at the Natural Resources Management discipline of the WorldFish Center on the topic of climate change adaptation and rights-based approaches to development. Eric has also consulted for the CGIAR’s research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) on a study of community perceptions of climate change in the Solomon Islands. For a number of years Eric has been involved with Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST). He participated in a Federal University outreach initiative on MST agrarian reform settlements in 2010, and has since worked as a translator for Friends of the MST – a network of individuals and organisations that support the MST. Most recently he has worked on the MST’s Agrarian Reform Programme for its Sixth National Congress held in February 2014.
Leyla Slama is a PhD student at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and is exploring the transformative potential of reparations processes in Tunisia, with a focus on gender, economic and social rights and institutional reforms. During her Masters Leyla started to focus her interest in human rights and international law, and was accepted for a cycle of training at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs La Farnesina and the European Association of International Studies (AESI) . Thanks to a Master’s dissertation scholarship awarded by LUISS University, she spent a period of fieldwork in Tunisia in the aftermath of the Arab Spring researching the status of human rights and rule of law in Tunisian constitutionalism before and after the revolution. Leyla worked as an intern at the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva (Communication and MENA sections) and Tunis, where she became familiar with transitional justice and victims’ groups advocacy issues.