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.

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.

Thalia Kehoe Rowden, Communications LeadThalia 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.

Dom White – Research Analyst
Dom is a research analyst at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in New Zealand. He completed honours in economics from the University of Western Australia in 2017. During his degree, Dom spent 7 weeks and 12 weeks volunteering in conservation programs in Costa Rica and Madagascar respectively.

HRMI Ambassadors

HRMI Ambassadors are our local partners – people who are part of the local human rights community, and whose values are aligned with ours. These people play an important role in connecting HRMI to the local human rights community and help us identify potential survey respondents in their country. HRMI Ambassadors for some countries wish to remain anonymous and are not listed here.

Daiana Buresova – Fiji
Daiana Buresova is a Fijian lawyer who currently works in the area of international trade and investment law as it relates to unhealthy diets and tobacco control measures. She has extensive Pacific experience in NGO governance, human rights law and legislative drafting. She occasionally dabbles in climate change litigation.

Adam Coogle – Saudi Arabia
Adam Coogle is a Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch, which he joined in 2010. He has written extensively based on his investigations into human rights abuses in the region. Adam received an M.A. in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in 2009, focusing on cultural anthropology in the MENA region. While at Georgetown, he completed a 15 month residency in Damascus, where he studied Arabic and worked with Iraqi refugees for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He was a Fulbright fellow in Jordan during 2005 and 2006, conducting research and studying Arabic.

Adama K. Dempster – Liberia
Adama is a Liberian human rights and Justice Campaigner with over 10 years of experience in the field of human rights and transitional justice nationally and internationally. He is the current Founding National Director and Lead Investigator at the Independent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI) and Secretary General at the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia.

Simão Hossi – Angola
Simão is a journalist, an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality and a civic activist in Angola. He is also a poet, photographer and news blogger since 2009. He has written for the sites of Clube K, and Revista Pueblo and now writes regularly for Radio Angola and Global Voices. He is currently completing the 3rd year of the Communication Sciences Course at the Independent University of Angola and has participated in debates and conferences on human rights at the national and international level.

Jordan Kiper – United States
Jordan is an anthropologist and human rights scholar with a regional focus on Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research centers on conflict and cooperation, which he has investigated experimentally and ethnographically in post-conflict settings. In addition to his research, he is involved in human rights advocacy and reconciliation efforts between veterans of the Yugoslav Wars. Jordan received his PhD from the University of Connecticut.

Jeong-Woo Koo – South Korea
Jeong-Woo Koo is Associate Professor of Sociology at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea, Director of the Sungkyunkwan Center for Human Rights and Development, Manager of SSK Human Rights Forum, and a member of the International Consortium on Closing Civil Space (i-Con). He is interested in both global and national human rights, specifically focusing on human rights measurement, human rights surveys, and machine learning techniques for human rights study. Jeong-Woo holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and conducted research at Harvard University under the 2015-2016 Harvard-Yenching Fellowship. He participated in HRMI’s 2018 co-design workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa and is helping to extend HRMI’s data coverage to South Korea.

Anastasia Kovalevskaya – Kazakhstan
Anastasia is a human rights researcher based in Kazakhstan who specialises in the EECA region. She believes that high-quality research and analysis are the backbone of effective human rights defense. Anastasia’s prior work experience includes providing expert advice on the human rights situation in Russia as a Researcher at Amnesty International and advising clients on business law, criminal law, and human rights matters at Baker & McKenzie and Vial-Consulting. Anastasia holds a law degree magna cum laude from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and a master’s degree from Washington University School of Law, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

Peggy Manning – United Kingdom
Peggy is a human rights advocate and communications specialist in the cultural sector, committed to engaging the public through the arts to spark debate and inspire action towards local and global concerns. Her work in the charity sector has focused on digital and event fundraising together with campaign strategy. She is an active grassroots campaigner on issues including housing, climate change, and human rights.

David Matsinhe – Mozambique/Angola
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.

Valentina Rozo – Colombia/Venezuela
Valentina is a researcher at the Center for Law, Justice and Society – Dejusticia, a think tank based in Colombia. Valentina works in the litigation area, and her training as an economist (with a Masters in Economics Research) allows her to present quantitative economic analysis and evidence to the judges. She participated in HRMI’s third co-design workshop and is helping to connect us to potential survey respondents in Venezuela.

Mohammed Shamma – Jordan
Mohammed Shamma is a Jordanian journalist specialising in human rights. He has been working for Canadian organization Journalists for Human Rights as a media trainer based in Amman, Jordan since 2014. Over the past 15 years, Shamma has produced and presented several leading radio shows at the main community radio in Amman, Balad Radio, besides producing a series of documentaries focusing on human rights. Shamma is working beside Jordanian journalists from several media outlets to produce human rights stories with data journalism.

Mandira Sharma – Nepal
Mandira is a lawyer and human rights defender known for her work against impunity in Nepal. She has worked to promote human right and the rule of law by monitoring and documenting cases of human rights violations, and by challenging such cases through advocacy and litigation at both national and international levels for the past two decades. She is the founder of Advocacy Forum, an organisation of human rights lawyers in Nepal, and was awarded the Human Rights Watch’s prestigious Human Rights Defender Award in 2006 and Franco German Prize for Human Rights and Rule of Law in 2017. She earned an LLM from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, and is currently a PhD student at the same university.

Shelbi Swanson – United States
Shelbi is a human rights advocate and scholar based in New York. She believes that it is crucial to engage with human rights issues at the interface of theory and practice and has written on the importance of interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to human rights scholarship. She holds a BA, honours, in political science and international affairs from Florida State University. Shelbi also received her MSc in human rights, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where her dissertation was awarded the Stan Cohen Memorial Prize.

Kerry Weste – Australia
Kerry was admitted as a solicitor and barrister in South Australia in 1998 and has been a member of the ALHR National Committee since 2014, serving as Vice President from 2016 before becoming President in April 2018. Kerry has practiced in London and Sydney as a criminal defence solicitor and as a Senior Legal Officer for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. She is a registered contributor with the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) and was a recipient of the The Children’s Interests Bureau Prize at Flinders University. Kerry now has her own civil society human rights consultancy practise. She is an experienced litigator and advocate with expertise in international human rights law, children’s rights and juvenile justice as well as significant experience in driving the strategic direction, governance and growth of a membership based civil society organisation.

Carlos Zazueta – Mexico
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.

Other HRMI team members

A range of other human rights researchers and academics are contributing to the development of our methodologies and practices. Some of these include:

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.

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.

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

Brian Root
Brian is the Senior 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.

John Stewart – Economic and Social Rights Metrics Team
John (Jay) Stewart is a researcher in the areas of sociology of science, environmental justice and human rights. Prior to becoming an emeritus professor in 2014, he taught sociology, research methods and statistics at Washington State University and at the University of Hartford. More recently he has continued to work on social justice and environmental issues, and is part of our Economic and Social Rights metrics team. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.