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Professor Aisha K. Gill was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours list for her services in tackling forced marriages, ‘honour’ crimes and violence against women.

She has advised the Ministry of Justice, the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service and her research was instrumental in the passage of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.

Bosch Foundation funding for the evaluation of innovative European Citizenship projects

Professor Bryony Hoskins and Dr Steven Donbavand from the Department of Social Sciences are conducting an evaluation on the effectiveness of five innovative pilot projects running in eight different countries with disengaged young people. The projects, which include working with social media content providers and real-life simulation games, aim to connect in new ways with young people about what it means to be a European citizen. The funding for the University’s research is up to 50,000 euros and the ultimate goal of the projects is to strengthen European principles of democracy, human rights and respect for diversity through Active Citizenship.

Professor Jérémie Gilbert from the Roehampton Law School has presented his research at the United Nations headquarters in New York, at a meeting focussed on indigenous people’s rights to land.

His report, which was presented in 2018, centred on the phenomenon of ‘land grabbing, which has increased encroachment on indigenous peoples’ territories, one of the major threats faced by indigenous peoples.

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