Staff across the School of Advanced Study have expertise across a range of topics in the fields of Human Rights and Refugee Law. Please see below for a representative, though not exhaustive, list of topics supervised by staff, and find out more about your prospective supervisor by reading their profile below.

Please note that you will need to apply through the Institute of your respective supervisor. We recommend that you approach your prospective supervisor before commencing your application. 


Topic Supervisor

Minority rights protection; ethnic, religious and linguistic
minorities, especially Afro-descendants in Latin America;
Dalits and caste-based discrimination; Roma in Europe

Dr Corinne Lennox

Indigenous peoples' rights

Dr Corinne Lennox;
Dr Damien Short
Human rights and development; human rights-based approaches to
development; UN human rights mechanisms
Dr Corinne Lennox
Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship Dr Corinne Lennox
Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights Dr Damien Short
Reconciliation initiatives Dr Damien Short
Genocide Studies Dr Damien Short
Ecocide; Human Rights aspects and implications of environmental destruction and degradation Dr Damien Short



Professor Damien Short
Co-Director, Human Rights Consortium

Professor Damien Short is Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Reader in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights, both as a scholar and human rights advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects and environmental human rights. He is currently researching the human rights impacts of extreme energy processes (e.g Tar Sands and Fracking - see our designated HRC website . Dr Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nation’s ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and an academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. He is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights (Taylor and Francis) and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth (University of London) and convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group and an active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. Dr Short has also worked with a variety of NGOs including Amnesty International, War on Want, Survival International, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs; and with a range of campaign groups including Eradicating Ecocide, Biofuelwatch, Climate Justice Collective and the UK Tar Sands Network. He currently advises local anti-fracking groups in the UK and county councils on the human rights implications of unconventional (extreme) energy extraction processes such as fracking. 

Dr Damien Short is based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Please apply through the Institute if you wish to be supervised by Dr Short.

Dr. Corinne Lennox
Co-Director, Human Rights Consortium

Dr. Corinne Lennox is Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium. She is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and convenes the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights, and human rights and development. She has worked for many years as a human rights consultant and trainer, including at Minority Rights Group International, the UNDP and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Her research interests include: human rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples; civil society mobilisation; human rights and development; social mobilisation of Afro-descendants in Latin America; Dalits and caste-based discrimination; international relations and human rights; the role of international organisations in the protection of minority and indigenous rights.

Dr Corinne Lennox is based at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Please apply through the Institute if you wish to be supervised by Dr Lennox.