Director, Centre for Applied Human Rights
Paul is the Director of the Centre for Applied Human Rights and teaches on Defending Human Rights and coordinates the field trip to South Africa.
Paul has worked for Amnesty International (on East and Southern Africa, and India) and a number of other international and national human rights organisations, and has wide-ranging experience as a human rights consultant. His research interests include human rights practice, transitional justice, human rights and development, culture and human rights, and human rights cities.
Most of Paul's current research focuses on the development of critical and constructive alternatives to the mainstream. This work is informed by the belief that the current political moment requires new ways of thinking and working. Current projects include:
Transformative justice, as an alternative to transitional justice (funded by the ESRC, ESRC Impact Award and NWO, with a particular focus on Egypt and Tunisia).
Development alternatives, a collaboration with ActionAid to explore alternatives to mainstream development, initially in Bangladesh and Uganda (AHRC/GCRF, AHRC Impact Award)
York: Human Rights City, research accompanying the evolution of the UK's first Human Rights City (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation)