research projects

The Hub is currently conducting two key research projects. 

Navigating Risk, Managing Security and Receiving Support: A Study of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt and Indonesia analyses the security management practices of human rights defenders at risk, and examines how these practices intersect with protection initiatives conducted on their behalf by civil society networks.

The law of asylum in the Middle East and Asia: Developing legal engagement at the frontiers of the international refugee regime seeks to systematically explore recent successes by local providers of legal aid to refugees and to determine whether these successes can form the basis for a new approach to refugee protection.


response to research

Civic space is increasingly shrinking across the globe. In a short film made by students based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), human rights defenders from Egypt, Ethiopia and Turkey discuss their experiences of activism and human rights work in a hostile environment. The film features Getachew Simie, currently taking part in our protective fellowship scheme, and is based on research conducted at CAHR.

Poetry films were recently made by MA students from the Centre for Applied Human Rights as part of the Culture and Protest module.  The films are based on verbatim poetry created from interview transcripts from the Navigating Risk, Managing Security, and Receiving Support research project led by Dr. Alice Nah.