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.

Vincent M. Nolette – Intern
Vince comes to HRMI with a strong interest in using public policy to alleviate societal inequities. Blending his background in philosophy and econometrics, he brings a skillset of economic theory and data analysis. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Saint Louis University in 2018 where he was awarded Economics Student of the Year. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, cooking new recipes, and exploring nature.

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 helping us identify potential survey respondents in their country. HRMI Ambassadors for some countries wish to remain anonymous and are not listed here.

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.

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 Human Rights Experts

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.