I am a Senior Research Fellow in Human Rights at the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute (HRSJ) at London Metropolitan University. In this capacity I carry out academic research, training, and international consultancy work in the field of human rights, and design, deliver and evaluate human rights capacity building projects internationally. I lead activities of the HRSJ Institute, and particularly focus on support of human rights defenders at risk. Since 2006 I have worked on multiple projects to support human rights defenders from Central Asia and Darfur, Sudan. My research interests focus more broadly on evaluating effective mechanisms of support for the security and protection of human rights defenders. Prior to joining London Metropolitan University I was Adjunct Professor in Human Rights at Webster University. Prior to my work in academia, I worked as a human rights expert for the US State Department and INGOs, and my field work was with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Development Programme, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (South East Asia and Bosnia Herzegovina). I have over 20 years professional experience in the field of human rights in the areas of policy and advocacy, field monitoring and reporting, teaching and training, research and evaluation, project management, and regional and country-wide programme design.