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.
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.
Stephen Bagwell – Economic and Social Rights Metrics Team
Stephen has a passion for understanding the economic causes and consequences of governments behaving badly. As a political scientist, he teaches courses on human rights, political economy, and politico-economic development. He has worked on several measurement projects related to human rights and well-being, including his dissertation, which focused on developing multiple metrics measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Stephen’s recent research is focused on the intersection of human security and economics. He earned his PhD in 2019 from the University of Georgia, and is currently teaching courses at DePauw University.
Catherine Chong – Survey Engagement & Operations Lead
Catherine is a trend curator who specialises in turning data into useful information. She’s passionate about empowering the underprivileged through innovative education and employability training. Catherine grew up in Malaysia and has a Degree in Physics from the National University of Singapore. Since July 2019 she is taking charge of HRMI’s expert survey engagement & operations.
James Hudson – Indigenous Metrics Lead
James has a background in law and policy and is passionate about indigenous development. He’s an expert in outcomes and performance measures, specialising in approaches informed by traditional indigenous knowledge. During his doctorate he worked with Māori tribes to construct an integrated outcomes indicators framework to measure wellbeing and progress from a Māori perspective. He has also led a national collaboration of Māori tribes and organisations to co-design an indicators framework to measure New Zealand’s wellbeing. James is a founding member of Te Mana Raraunga – the Māori Data Sovereignty Network in Aotearoa New Zealand. James’ main interest within HRMI is to develop metrics tracking state provision for and implementation of indigenous rights.
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.
Abigail Marshall – Intern
Abigail is studying a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and Development Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She is excited to be interning with HRMI – a great opportunity to explore the complementing roles of international law, civil society, and NGOs to improve people’s experiences of their human rights.
Livvy Mitchell – Research Analyst
Livvy is a budding economist with a passion for criminal justice and people’s wellbeing. After completing her Master of Business at AUT in 2019, Livvy is now working as a research analyst at Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. She is a strong advocate for using empirical evidence to prompt social change and enjoys using integrated data to produce such evidence.
Natalie Speier – Intern
Natalie is currently finishing her fourth and final year at the University of Georgia and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs. As an intern with HRMI, she is interested in learning about how human rights can be improved through better and more accurate measurement.
John (Jay) Stewart – Economic and Social Rights Metrics Team
Jay 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.
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.
Vacant – Australia
We have a vacancy for the role of HRMI Ambassador for Australia. Are you a human rights worker and have a strong connections to the human rights community in Australia? Find out more here or email HRMI at [email protected] .
Ana Addobbati – Brazil
Ana pursues social change through innovation and technology. She founded Women Friendly, an organisation that seeks to tackle sexual harassment. She is the Executive Director of Social Good Brasil (SGB), an NGO that fosters the use of technology and data for social change. Ana is also a leader for the Data for Good movement in Brazil and sits on the Advisory Board of Civicus Alliance for Civil Society.
Hala Al-Dosari – Saudi Arabia
Hala Aldosari is a Saudi scholar in gender and health, focusing on women’s social determinants of health and violence against women in Saudi Arabia. She is currently the Wilhelm Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies and serves on the advisory boards of Human Rights Watch Middle East/North Africa division and the Gulf Center for Human Rights. She previously served as Scholar-in-Residence at NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and as a Visiting Scholar at both Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, DC. Aldosari earned a PhD from Old Dominion University and an MS from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.
MaryAnne Bani – Vanuatu
MaryAnne is well-known in Vanuatu as a women’s rights and human rights activist. She is working to demand the removal of all barriers that directly or indirectly discriminate against indigenous women and girls or preclude their participation in all spheres of social, political, economic and cultural life. She gained her human rights knowledge and skills with the RRRT Fiji as a community paralegal trainer.
Ivar Dale – Kyrgyzstan
Ivar Dale is a Senior Adviser with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee who ran the organisation’s offices in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for several years and has broad experience from human rights work in the region. Previously, he worked in Amnesty International and the Norwegian Migration Services. In addition to the University of Oslo, he studied at the State University of St. Petersburg and travelled extensively in the Caucasus. After a period in Geneva focusing on CIS republics in the UN system, he is set to move to Kyiv, Ukraine in early 2020.
Charles Dean – Samoa
Born and raised in Samoa, Charles is passionate about education and the professional development of youth. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington and subsequently held a range of law reform roles in the areas of family law, civil procedure, and drug reform as well as human rights law in Samoa. Most recently he held the position of principal legal advisor for the Office of the Ombudsman/ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) of Samoa. He is currently undertaking a Masters degree in International Human Rights at the University of Essex, England.
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 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.
Jay Gataua – Niue
Jay was born and raised in Niue and lives there with her husband and three daughters. She holds a BA from the University of Canterbury, and an LLB from the University of the South Pacific. She has worked in a variety of roles in Niue over the years and for the past three years has held the role of UN Coordination Officer for Niue. She is a fluent speaker of Vagahau Niue and English.
‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki – Tonga
‘Ofa works to empower Tongan women. She tells survivors’ stories of violence against women and girls, drawing attention to this pressing issue in Tonga. ‘Ofa founded and served as the director of Tonga’s Women & Children Crisis Center. She has twice been nominated for the USA Secretary of State International Women of Courage Award for her work in the area of women and children’s rights in Tonga.
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. He has written for 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.
Diane Kambanei – Papua New Guinea
Diane is an advocate for women’s rights and adolescence sexual reproductive health in Papua New Guinea. She sits on the board of youth organisation OlaFou PNG and Safe Motherhood Alliance PNG (SMALL PNG). She hosts the TV program EXTRA that focuses on stories that empower women and youth in PNG. Diane is a Chevening Scholar and has recently completed her Msc in Global Heath specialising in sexual reproductive health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Ana Teresa C. Khatounian – Brazil
Ana Teresa is a Brazilian lawyer and human rights advocate. She works pro-bono on child and adolescent criminal cases and is involved with communities’ judicial and non-judicial struggles for the right to housing. She is pursuing her Masters in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Ana Teresa founded and coordinates Amnesty International’s Activism Group in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil, and is the assistant project coordinator of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.
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 the effective defense of human rights. 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.
Jennifer Kusapa – Solomon Islands
Jennifer is a journalist in the Solomon Islands. She reports on crime and court proceedings and decisions. Jennifer is passionate about advocating for positive changes in her community, including making her community aware of their legal and human rights.
Peggy Manning – United Kingdom
Peggy is a human rights advocate and communications specialist in the cultural sector. She is 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. Peggy 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, most of his work focuses on Angola and Mozambique. David 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 from the University of Alberta where he was a Canada Graduate Scholar.
Megan McDonough – United States
Megan is a human rights lawyer who has dedicated her career to advocating for freedom of movement for all, especially people most vulnerable to harm. She is currently a supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), based in New York. Prior to joining IRAP, Megan worked throughout Southeast Asia and North Africa, leading legal teams in advocating for refugee rights and protections.
Broderick Mervyn – Fiji
Broderick (from the village(s) of Oinafa, Rotuma and Juju, Rotuma) was born and raised in Nadi, Fiji where his passion is to work with and for the Pacific people around the world. He is completing his final lap in Law and Politics at The University of the South Pacific. He has been an avid advocate on issues such as youth engagement, accessibility to justice, human rights and climate change at national, regional and international forums and is currently the Coordinator of Ignite4Change.
Edward Pérez – Venezuela
Edward Pérez is a Venezuelan human rights lawyer, with an LL.M. in international law from the University of Cambridge. He is Director of Strategic Litigation of the Inter American Institute for Social Responsibility and Human Rights, and a consultant for different other civil society organisations. He has published several articles on different topics on human rights.
Mohammed Shamma – Jordan
Mohammed Shamma is a Jordanian journalist specialising in human rights. He has been working for Canadian organisation 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, and produced 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 rights 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, where she is currently a PhD student.
Shelbi Swanson – United States
Shelbi is a human rights advocate and scholar who believes that it is crucial to engage with human rights issues at the interface of theory and practice. This perspective developed as she pursued a robust human rights-centered education alongside advocacy roles with Amnesty International. Shelbi recently received her MSc in human rights, with distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and now intends to pursue doctoral study in political science, focusing on human rights, global justice, and inequality.
Iru Tau – Papua New Guinea
Iru is a human rights activist for the LGBTI community in PNG where he advocates for a stigma and discrimination free environment for the LGBTI community and for law reform and policy change. He is the vice president of Kapul Champions, an organisation that advocates for the human rights of marginalised groups, focusing on the wellbeing and rights of transgender individuals and men of diverse sexualities.
Jeannette Walewene – New Caledonia
Jeanette is a passionate advocate for human rights, with a particular focus on women’s rights, and violence against women. She is a member of Francophone Women’s Union in New Caledonia (Union des Femmes Francophones de Nouvelle-Calédonie) and is also a member of the Economic Environmental and Social Council in New Caledonia.
Hayley Willingale – United Kingdom
Hayley is currently Head of Human Rights Monitoring at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Great Britain’s national human rights institution. Her work involves assessing the UK’s compliance with international human rights law, advising government on ways in which human rights could be better protected in law and policy, and building the capacity of civil society and other actors to engage with the international framework.
Thomas Wynne – Cook Islands
Thomas is passionate about people. He has spent many years advocating for the most vulnerable, in education and social services, both in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. He believes in being culturally woke, understanding privilege and power, self-determination and being solution focused. Born in New Zealand, Thomas comes from the Ngati Ingatu tribe in Atiu, and Ngati Kaena and Ngati Te Ava tribe in Rarotonga. E vaka eke noa, we are deep in this Vaka together.
Hyeong-sik Yoo – South Korea
Hyeong-sik is a human rights and civil society consultant with a regional focus on Asia. He previously worked as a project manager for the Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS) supporting human rights defenders through open source technology, knowledge management and capacity building.
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. Carlos previously worked as a lawyer at the Center for Justice and International Law representing cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System. He 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.
A range of other human rights researchers and academics are contributing to the development of our methodologies and practices. Some of these include:
Shaan Badenhorst – Research Analyst
Working as a research analyst at Motu Economic & Public Policy Research in New Zealand, Shaan is working towards gaining the knowledge and experience to undertake a PhD in Health Economics. He completed his honours year in economics at the University of Auckland in 2018. Born in South Africa, he speaks English and Afrikaans. He is passionate about investigating the relationship between the health and education outcomes of children.
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.
Morgan Barney – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Morgan Barney is a second year graduate student at the University of Georgia. She completed her BA degree in International Studies from Covenant College where she began her study of human rights, particularly human trafficking trends in Eastern Europe. Morgan has travelled to the country of Moldova six times where the majority of her human rights advocacy work has occurred. In summer 2019, she completed a research internship with international human rights NGO International Justice Mission in Washington, DC.
Sarah Bichan – Multilingual Web Editor
Sarah is passionate about languages and working with not-for-profits and believes in the power of education and community development to foster social change. She has a background in translation, research, writing, communications and editing, including a Masters in Translation Studies from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Auckland.
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 strongly believes 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 received his PhD from Florida State University in 2012.
Meridith Lavelle – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Meridith is a Master’s student at the University of Georgia’s School of Political and International Affairs. Driven by her desire for the advancement of human rights, a continued understanding of the varying challenges facing human rights, and the expansion of human rights education and awareness, she is dedicated to facilitating her contributions through empirical research and collaboration with others. Her research agenda centers on the intersections of human rights, dissent/repression, democratization, and technology/media.
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.
Matthew Rains – Civil and Political Rights Metrics Team
Matthew is a Ph.D student with the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Passionate about using research to advance and improve human rights conditions globally, his research agenda focuses on human rights, political violence, and discrimination. Matthew’s experience with human rights measurement projects includes research assistantships on the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP), and past stints with HRMI before joining as a full-time RA.
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.