Post Doctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC)
Alan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics and is part of the research team in Thanzi la Onse (Health of All), a project funded by the RCUK Collective Fund. The Thanzi la Onse Project is aimed at developing a health care system model to support health resource allocation decision-making as a response to health care needs of the populations in eastern and southern African countries. His work will initially focus on the understanding of the political and governance context of health in Malawi and Uganda.
Alan holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Human Rights from the University of Essex. His research investigated how the local epistemologies of rights and sexuality in Malawi impede human rights protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He also holds a master’s degree in theory and practice of human rights from the same University.
Alan’s field experience includes:
- working as team leader at a Malawian National Human Rights Institution investigating cases of human rights violations and administrative injustices
- working as monitoring and evaluation coordinator at a regional organisation advocating for rights-based approaches to the HIV and AIDS response in southern and eastern Africa,
- coordinating programme planning at an intergovernmental agency advancing sustainable democracy and credible elections globally
- researching on issues sexuality and human rights.
Furthermore, Alan is a research affiliate with the University of Bergen Centre on Law and Social Transformation where he is a member of a working group on sexual and reproductive rights lawfare.
His interdisciplinary research interests include local legitimacy of human rights, operationalization of human rights, governance and accountability of human rights stakeholders, and debates about sexuality and human rights.