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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. He is the author of a ground-breaking text on human rights from a social science perspective, and more recently co-author of a major new contribution to the theorisation of global transformations. As a human rights specialist Darren played a crucial role in the establishment of Crucible.

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Members of 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.  

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Professor Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie is the Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing 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.

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Katie Boyle

Dr Katie Boyle is a constitutional lawyer specialising in human rights at the international, regional, domestic and devolved level with a particular focus on the justiciability of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights in the post-conflict context. Katie completed her PhD at the University of Limerick (Ireland) where she examined and categorised legitimate and viable justiciability mechanisms for economic, social and cultural rights in Northern Ireland.

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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 links 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 Islamisation of urban space, globalisation and the global city, British Bangladeshi identity politics, and travel and pilgrimage.

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Professor John Edwards

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Dr Michal Garapich

Michał is a social anthropologist, 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.

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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 Annabelle Mooney

Dr Mooney's work deals with human rights, the body and language. This work provides an answer to the quest for a universal foundation for human rights. Recently, she has also conducted research on spoken signs and past work includes research in the fields of HIV/AIDS and quality of life, globalisation and marginal religious movements. Dr Mooney is currently working on a new research project, focussing on the language of money.

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Professor Tope Omoniyi

Professor Tope Omoniyi was appointed professor of Sociolinguistics in 2007 and assumed directorship of the Centre for Research in English Language and Linguistics in 2010. His two areas of research include language policies, practices and development issues in sub-Saharan Africa and Language and identity, with a focus on popular culture – African hip-hop and youth identity, Nollywood and the African diaspora.

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Dr Nina Power

Dr Power has many research interests including Modern French philosophy; Modern German Philosophy; The History of European Philosophy; Philosophies and Politics of the Subject; Atomism; Marx and Marxism; Ludwig Feuerbach; Samuel Beckett; Philosophical Anthropology; Humanism and Antihumanism; Equality, Universality, the Generic. Dr Power is a founding member of Defend the Right to Protest, a campaign group set up in the the wake of the student protests of late 2010/early 2011 in opposition to the harsh police tactics and criminalisation of protesters that occured on these and subsequent protests. Dr Power also reviews edits for The Philosophers' Magazine, and corresponding editor for Historical Materialism.

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Dr Richard Race

Dr. Race has aught 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.

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Pablo Romero-Fresco

Pablo Romero Fresco is a Reader in Translation and Filmmaking at the University of Roehampton, where he teaches Filmmaking, Dubbing, Subtitling and Respeaking. He also teaches at the MAs on Audiovisual Translation at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and University of Macerata (Italy). He is the author of the book Subtitling through Speech Recognition: Respeaking(St Jerome) and has collaborated with Stagetext and the National Gallery in the UK to provide access to live events in museums and galleries for deaf and hard of hearing people and with North-West University, in South Africa, to use respeaking as a tool for social integration in the classroom.

Harriet Hoffler
Harriet is a Visiting Lecturer in Human Rights Law. Her research interests focus on the utility of current legal frameworks for the protection of human rights with a focus on community empowerment and bottom up approaches. Her specific interests include indigenous and minority rights in South Asia. She has published on minority rights in Europe and South Asia, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has Co-Edited the Journal of Global Ethics.

Dr Gregory Kent
Gregory is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and History. A former journalist, he has written a ground-breaking book on political communications and war, especially focused on the Balkans region. He has also advised the Kurdish Regional Government in London and specialises in EU politics and external policy making.

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Dr Michele Lamb
Michele is a Principal Lecturer in Human Rights and head of Social Sciences department. Her research and publications focus on post-conflict reconciliation and human rights, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the sociology of human rights and human rights research methods.

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.

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Dr Jen Melvin

Dr Jennifer Melvin is a 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.

Dr Raj Sehgal

Dr Sehgal is a senor lecturer of philosophy and programme convener at Roehampton University. Dr Seghal has many areas of interests which include ethics and political philosophy. I am especially interested in contemporary theories of social justice; the history, nature and future of capitalism; the social science and philosophy of Karl Marx; the ethics of Aristotle; and the Neo-Aristotelian moral and political philosophy of Alisdair MacIntyre.

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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. 

Michael Uwemedimo

Michael Uwemedimo is a lecturer in the Media, Culture and Language Department, his focuses on human rights and the image; participatory filmmaking and community mobilisation; community media, cartography and the politics of urban space; cinema and political violence; filmmaking on the cusp of documentary and fiction. The film The Act of Killing, co-produced by Michael Uwemedimo, has received a nomination for the Best Feature Documentary at this year's Oscars.

Associate Members of the Centre

Nelly Ali

Nelly is a Child Rights' activist focusing on street girls in Egypt where she spent two years working with the children during the protests and later at a shelter dedicated to street mothers. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Childhood studies and is currently completing her PhD: an Ethnography of the Prevalence of Everyday Violence in the Lives of Street Girls in Egypt. Nelly keeps a research blog on her work with street children which has over 65,000 readers, 22,000 subscribers and has been read in 154 countries.

Tahirih Danesh
Tahirih is an Independent Human Rights Researcher focusing on violations of human rights and international criminal law against minorities based on religion, ethnicity, gender or age; monitoring hate-based propaganda through Iranian media; promotion of public awareness of issues concerning democracy and human rights in Iran.

Carlos Lopez-Galviz

Garth Seneque

Dr Deepak Tripathi

Dr Tripathi is well known for for his writings on world conflicts, such as in Afghanistan, notably for his trilogy of books 'Breeding Ground', 'Overcoming The Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan' and 'Imperial Designs'.

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External Members of the Centre

Dr Hannah Miller (Kingston University)

Dr Damien Short (SAS, University of London)

Dave Tinham (Kingston University)