The team

The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) is a unique collaborative venture between human rights practitioners, researchers, academics, and other supporters. It is hosted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit research institute based in New Zealand, ranked in the top ten economic think-tanks worldwide. HRMI is also collaborating closely with a number of academic organisations, and a range of NGOs working to advance human rights.

Measurement Experts and core HRMI team

The HRMI team includes some of the world’s most experienced experts in the field, including developers of some of the most widely used existing measures of civil and political rights, and the prize-winning authors of the best existing measures of economic, social and cultural rights.

Anne-Marie Brook – Co-founder and Development Lead
Anne-Marie is a former economist with a passion for helping to bring about systemic change. She is good at seeing the big picture and helping others see how their skills can contribute to making our world a better place. She co-founded HRMI from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and leads HRMI to be an innovative collaboration of human rights experts from around the world. Prior to making the jump into human rights, Anne-Marie worked as an economist for the OECD and the New Zealand public sector. She has degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Otago and an MPA in Economics from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, which she attended on a Fulbright Scholarship.

K. Chad Clay – Co-founder and Civil and Political Rights Metrics Lead
Chad is a political scientist with a deep interest in furthering our understanding of human rights practices, political violence, organised dissent, and economic development. Chad teaches classes on human rights, international relations, and political economy in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia, and has published widely in leading journals. One of the co-founders of HRMI, Chad is leading the design and development of our Civil and Political Rights metrics. He brings with him more than a decade of experience in the area of measuring human rights, including as co-director of the (now archived) CIRI Human Rights Data Project. Chad received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.

Susan Randolph – Co-founder and Economic and Social Rights Metrics Lead
Susan’s life-long interest in people’s wellbeing and economic development has led her to push the frontiers of our knowledge and help develop a ground-breaking approach for measuring the fulfilment of Economic and Social Rights. Her recent book describing this approach, Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Terra Lawson-Remer (Oxford University Press, 2015), won the 2016 best book of the year award from the American Political Science Association’s Human Rights Section. Susan is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Empowerment Initiative, and Co-Director of the Research Program on Economic & Social Rights at the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute. She has a PhD in economics from Cornell University.

Ryan Bakker – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Ryan is a political scientist who has has dedicated himself to understanding and remedying the causes of social inequality through social scientific methods. His research and teaching interests include survey research and measurement, politics, and terrorism/international conflict. Ryan teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia, is Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues, and is contributing his expertise to the development of our Civil and Political Rights metrics. He received his PhD in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007.

Thalia Kehoe Rowden, Communications Lead

Thalia Kehoe Rowden – Communications Lead
Thalia is a writer, editor and activist who joined Amnesty at 13 years old. She has a BA in Linguistics and an LLB(Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington, where she had a special focus on international human rights law. After graduating in Applied Theology from Carey Baptist College in Auckland, she worked as a Baptist minister in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and then with Partners Relief & Development in South East Asia.

Danny Hill – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Danny is a political scientist who believes strongly in the use of social scientific methods for advancing our knowledge of human rights conditions, as well as the efficacy of efforts to improve those conditions on the ground. His research agenda focuses on human rights law and practices, violent political conflict, repression, and dissent. Danny teaches classes on conflict, international organizations, international relations, and quantitative research methods in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Danny is part of our Civil and Political rights metrics team. He received his PhD from Florida State University in 2012.

Amanda Murdie – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Amanda is a political scientist who is passionate about using research to help civil society actors work to improve human rights in repressive countries. She teaches classes on terrorism, war and human security, and international interventions at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She has published dozens of articles on her research and is the incoming editor-in-chief of International Studies Review. She is contributing to the design and development of HRMI’s Civil and Political Rights metrics. Amanda received her PhD from Emory University in 2009.

Human Rights Experts

Human rights researchers, lawyers, and other practitioners contribute to the development of our metrics in two ways: by participating in our co-design workshops, or by filling in our expert opinion questionnaire on civil and political rights in the countries they are monitoring. Some of our more actively involved human rights experts include:

Scott Edwards
Scott is Senior Crisis Adviser for Amnesty International. His current work focuses on the practical use of information and communications technologies for human rights compliance monitoring and research. Scott brings to HRMI a wealth of knowledge about human rights crises across the globe, and is helping to connect us to potential survey respondents. Scott previously served in the U.S. as Amnesty’s Advocacy Director for Africa, and Director of the Crisis Prevention and Response Unit, and is a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs. He completed his doctoral work in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

David Matsinhe
David is the Lusophone Research Specialist at Amnesty International based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where most of his work focuses on Angola and Mozambique. He is passionate about creative and innovative ways of galvanizing the public for positive change and is contributing his expertise to the development of HRMI’s civil and political rights expert survey methodology. Previous positions include senior lecturer of development studies and social innovation at the University of Johannesburg, and a World Bank senior coach on change management in the Ministry of Education in Mozambique. David earned his PhD in political sociology in 2009 from the University of Alberta where he was a Canada Graduate Scholar.

Brian Root
Brian is the Quantitative Analyst at Human Rights Watch. He is responsible for data analysis in Human Rights Watch reports as well as providing guidance on quantitative data collection and training on statistics and research methodology. Brian’s extensive experience with quantitative human rights data has been invaluable to the development of our civil and political rights pilot methodology. He has participated in HRMI’s co-design workshops and is helping to connect us to potential survey respondents. Brian received his PhD in International Development from Tulane University Law School.

Carlos Zazueta
Carlos is researcher on Mexico at Amnesty International. He is responsible for collecting and analysing data on human rights violations, as well as advising on legal and policy issues. A lawyer by training, he previously worked as a lawyer at the Center for Justice and International Law representing cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System. Carlos brings to HRMI his expertise as a human rights lawyer and activist in the Americas. He has participated in HRMI workshops and in several discussions on how to better present the data.