Hannah Dwyer Smith
Research Associate

Profile

Biography

Hannah joined the Centre for Applied Human Rights in October 2017, where she works as a research associate at the HRD Hub. Her role looks to develop research into areas which deepen our understanding of the situation facing human rights defenders around the globe, encompassing the security of defenders, as well as challenges which impact upon the closing space for civil society more broadly. Within this she is collaborating with Dr. Alice Nah on the Navigating Risk, Managing Security and Receiving Support Project. She also provides technical support for UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst's thematic reports and edits the Centre's Working Paper Series. Her recent research has considered gender within HRD security and protection, the role of businesses with respect to HRDs, and the challenges faced by defenders working on people on the move.

Hannah completed an MA in Applied Human Rights in 2016/17. Previously, she was a project coordinator at Tactical Tech where she worked on the Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders and the Holistic Security Trainers' Manual. The Holistic Security Project seeks to integrate digital security and psycho-social wellbeing considerations into traditional approaches to security and protection for HRDs at risk, helping them to develop security strategies which better reflect the nature and scope of the risks they face.

Hannah Dwyer Smith

Contact details

Hannah Dwyer Smith
Research Associate
Centre for Applied Human Rights
University of York
6 Innovation Close
York
YO10 5ZF