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Dr Jennifer Melvin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights. Her research interests include: genocide; post-conflict reconciliation; human rights protection and international development. Prior to joining the university, she conducted ethnographic research in the Great Lakes Region of Africa with a particular focus on Rwanda . This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and a monograph. Her current research focuses on the construction of political and economic relationships between donor states and the countries receiving bilateral aid.


BA Honours Drama & History; MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights; PhD Sociology

Research interests

War and genocide; political and military intervention; post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction; promotion and protection of human rights; international development

Professional affiliations

British International Studies Association; Human Rights Researchers Network


Human rights; genocide studies; international development; peacekeeping and peacebuilding; research methods (with a focus on conducting research in fragile states)