Members of the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research

Director of the Centre

Dr Darren O'Byrne

Darren is Reader in Sociology and Human Rights and Director of the CRUCiBLE Centre for Human Rights Research. His research interests focus on the sociology of human rights, globalization and critical theory. He is the author of a ground-breaking text on human rights from a social science perspective, co-author of a major contribution to the theorisation of global transformations, and more recently author of the acclaimed Human Rights in a Globalizing World. As a human rights specialist Darren played a crucial role in the establishment of CRUCiBLE, and served as one of its inaugural Senior Fellows.

View Darren's CV here

Members of the Centre

Dr Daniel Aguirre

Susie Alegre

Susie Alegre is a respected and experienced human rights lawyer based at Doughty Street Chambers who has served as a consultant for many governmental and non-governmental bodies. She has worked with JUSTICE, Amnesty International, the OSCE, the EU, the UN and others on such varied issues as counter-terrorism, borders, corruption and Brexit, and is currently working on the human rights implications of online data. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Centre.

Dr Francesca Ammaturo

Francesca Romana holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Goldsmiths, obtained in 2015 and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She has studied International Relations in Italy (University of Bologna), in France (Science Po Lille) and in the United States (University of California, Los Angeles). During her graduate studies in Bologna she has developed an interest in human rights, especially in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity which has been taken further during her doctoral studies.  She is currently Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights at the University of Roehampton.

Professor Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie was one of the founders of CRUCiBLE and served as one of its inaugural Senior Fellows. She is the Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Catholic Studies and of Catherine of Siena College - an online college offering courses in theology, gender and social justice - both based at the University of Roehampton. Much of her research focuses on the relationship between the Catholic tradition and contemporary culture, particularly in areas to do with gender, sexuality and reproductive ethics, Catholic social teaching and women's rights, and theology and the visual arts. She has a keen interest in Marian theology, art and devotion, and in the relationship between medieval mysticism, sacramental theology, and psychoanalytic theory.

Martin Crook

Professor John Eade

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and former Executive Director of CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism) which linked Roehampton and the University of Surrey. After research in Kolkata (Calcutta) on the social identity of the educated Bengali Muslim middle class, he completed his PhD in 1986 on Bangladeshi community politics in Tower Hamlets. Since then he has researched the Islamization of urban space, globalization and the global city, British Bangladeshi identity politics, and travel and pilgrimage.

Professor John Edwards

John Edwards is Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Roehampton and Emeritus Professor of Human Rights at the University of London. His research interests include cultures of rights and the European Court of Human Rights.

Dr Michal Garapich

Michał is a social anthropologist, senior lecturer and Research Fellow at CROMM (Centre for Research on Migration and Multiculturalism) specializing in the issues of migration, ethnicity, nationalism, multiculturalism, substance misuse, homelessness and migration from Poland.

Dr Maayan Geva

Maayan is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. Her research interests focus on socio-legal studies of war and violence, and international humanitarian law.

Professor Jeremie Gilbert

Jérémie Gilbert joined the Roehampton Law School as a Professor of Human Rights in 2017. He has designed and launched our new LLM in Human Rights and Legal Practice to support research and learning opportunities for students wishing to embrace a career in human rights and acquire specific legal skills. His main area of research is on the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. As a legal expert, he has been involved in providing legal briefs, expert opinions and carrying out evidence gathering in several cases involving indigenous peoples’ rights across the globe, and has often been acting as consultant for Non-Governmental Organisations and International Organisations, notably the United Nations.   

Professor Aisha K. Gill

Professor Aisha K. Gill, Ph.D. CBE is Professor of Criminology at University of Roehampton, UK. Her main areas of interest and research focus on health and criminal justice responses to violence against black, minority ethnic and refugee women in the UK, Iraqi Kurdistan, India, and Pakistan. She has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls/, 'honour' crimes and forced marriage at the grassroots/activist level for the past 20 years. Her recent publications include articles on crimes related to the murder of women/femicide, ‘honour’ killings, coercion and forced marriage, child sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in South Asian/Kurdish and Somali communities, female genital mutilation, sex selective abortions, intersectionality and women who kill. She is an editorial member of the Feminist Review Collective and the British Journal of Criminology.

Professor Bryony Hoskins

Professor Bryony Hoskins has a chair in Comparative Social Science at the University of Roehampton and a visiting Professorship at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is an internationally renowned expert on political socialisation specialising in political engagement across European Countries. Her current funded research projects are on inequalities and political engagement, political socialisation, volunteering and unpaid work. She is part of ESRC LLAKES research centre based at IoE/UCL.

Dr Jen Melvin

Dr Jennifer Melvin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights. Her research interests include: genocide; post-conflict reconciliation; human rights protection and international development. Prior to joining the university, she conducted ethnographic research in the Great Lakes Region of Africa with a particular focus on Rwanda . This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on the construction of political and economic relationships between donor states and the countries receiving bilateral aid.

Professor Annabelle Mooney

Professor Mooney is currently working on the language of waste. This grew directly out of her previous research on human rights, the body and language. This work provided an answer to the quest for a universal foundation for human rights. This work has been used is an examination of definitions of torture in international law which were used to argue that benefit sanctions in the UK arguably constitute torture. She has also conducted research on the language of money, spoken signs, HIV/AIDS and quality of life, globalization and marginal religious movements. All her work derives from an interest in lived human experience.

Dr Richard Race

Dr Race has taught Education Studies (Keele University; St. Mary's University; London Metropolitan University) and (Applied) Social Sciences (Keele University; Liverpool John Moores University; Roehampton University). He has published a monograph and two edited collections on aspects on Multiculturalism and he is on the International Advisory Board for the Ethnicities Journal (2014-); and on the International Editorial Review Board of Contemporary Issues in Education (2011-) among many other prestigious boards.

Professor Martin Shaw

Martin is a Research Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights. His expertise are in global politics, war and genocide. He has written widely on topics in international relations using sociological theory and frameworks. Prof Shaw is also Research Professor at the University of Sussex and Institut Barcelona d'estudis Internacionals.

Ruth Tweedale

Ruth Tweedale is a law lecturer at the Roehampton University Law School and former solicitor at Rights of Women. Ruth is a Family Law specialist, she is campaigning for better access to legal advice for victims of domestic violence who are unable to access the legal aid necessary for them to take often lifesaving court action, due to restrictive requirements set by the Government. 

External Associates of the Centre

Dr Katie Boyle - Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Stirling

Professor Conor Gearty - Professor of Human Rights Law, LSE

Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna - Lecturer in Sociology of Human Rights, University of Essex

Dr Hannah Miller - Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Politics and International Relations, Kingston University

Dr Caroline Oliver - Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Education, UCL

Professor Colin Samson - Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

Jassi Sandhar - PhD Candidate in International Law, University of Bristol

Professor Damien Short - Director of the Human Rights Consortium, University of London