Jennifer Melvin

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Dr Jennifer Melvin is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights. Her research interests include: UK aid and climate policy; Aid for Trade; UK-Africa development and diplomatic relationships; remittances; SDGs; and post-conflict/post-genocide reconciliation and reconstruction.


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 voice and participation of marginalized peoples and African CSOs at COP26 and COP27.


BA Honours Drama & History

MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights

PhD Sociology

Research interests

Aid and climate policy

Aid for Trade

International remittances

Promotion and protection of human rights

Post-conflict/post-genocide reconstruction



Professional affiliations

British Sociological Association

Chatham House

Human Rights Researchers' Network


International development

Genocide studies

Human rights campaigning

Crisis and conflict management