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Joanne Coysh

Welcome to my research portfolio. Here you will find details my research, work and a little bit about me.

I passed my viva in March 2013 and currently an IAS Early Career Research Fellow. My PhD research is a critique of the human rights education (HRE) discourse between the global institutional framework and local community context. It examines the way that HRE discourse is translated through intermediary non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and included 12-months of empirical fieldwork in Tanzania. Currently, I am working as maternity cover as the International Programme Manager for the Ethiopia Postgraduate Legal Education Capacity Building Programme in the Law School.

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I have spent the last fifteen years working in the interdisciplinary fields of law in development, access to justice and human rights; some of this time was spent overseas and working with communities and organisations in the post-conflict/international development field. In the past, and in addition to teaching human rights and law, I have worked as a volunteer in South Africa, for the United Nations in East Timor as a Land and Property Officer and as a learning and development consultant for Oxfam Novib facilitating collaborative learning process fora group of 16 local NGOs from different parts of the world. It was these experiences that raised some significant and unsettling questions about the relationship between international institutions, the NGO system and communities, especially in 'developing' countries. I have continued to actively try and connect my academic research with policy and practice in order to ensure it remains meaningful and hopefully have some concrete impact in society. Given this, I see my connections with international networks of academic and practitioners and encouraging links between them as an important area of my research and work.





Joanne Coysh


Interim International Programme Manager
Ethiopia Project
School of Law




Room Number: S1.23

Working: Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Office Hours: Tue: 11am -1pm



'The lost children of East Timor'

By Lucy Williamson BBC News, East Timor and Indonesia

East Timor