Connecting research, policy and practice

on hate crime and human rights


Areas of expertise and research interests
  • Human rights, hate crime and hate speech (particularly laws, policy and practice around the world)
  • Violence and discrimination against LGBTI people
  • Victims' rights and access to justice
  • Homophobia and nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Social movements and transnational advocacy networks
  • Europeanisation
  • Qualitative research methods 
Academic and applied research
Human rights is one of the most important (and controversial) concepts in international politics. Research is needed to understand the violations and protection needs, evaluate responses and  inform the policy and practice worldwide.
The interdisciplinary field of hate studies is a meeting place for scholars who pool their skills and knowledge to help us understand and challenge hate speech and hate crime.
Check out examples of my academic work below. 
My research has been funded by, inter alia:
- Horizon2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
- European Commission - Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020 (twice).

I have been contracted as a researcher by, inter alia:
  • Council of Europe, 
  • Human Dignity Trust, 
  • Campaign Against Homophobia
Would you like to talk to me about research? Get in touch!
Keywords: Europeanization, human rights, hate crime, hate speech, hate crime laws, homophobia, transphobia, sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBTI
Human rights monitoring
Without human rights monitors, who would document abuses and hold the violators to account? A good human rights monitoring project requires a bespoke approach to make an impact. In the world of fake news, a robust research methodology will ensure that your data are solid and findings irrefutable. Examples of my past monitoring projects include:
 Evaluations and needs assessments
Needs assessment is the crucial step before deploying any resources. Ensuring that you understand the local contexts, past interventions and current gaps helps you make sure that your action hits the target.
Evaluation is bread and butter of public services and international development work. Funders and tax payers expect their money to make an impact. A good internal or external evaluation plan will help to make sure you deliver on your promises and identify lessons for the future.
Need help with needs assessment or programme/project evaluation? Drop me a message! 
 Country of origin information reports
Is country X safe to go back to? Decision makers need up-to-date knowledge about countries where asylum seekers originate from. For some social groups, information about specific threats is not always publicly available. A meticulously researched analysis of social, legal and political situation in the country of origin may be a cornerstone of decision-making in the asylum process.

My expertise and experience allows me to draft COI reports on the situation of LGBTI people and some national, ethnic and religious minorities from across Europe and Central Asia. If you need help, please reach out to me.

Past projects:
  • Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people in Ukraine - COI report
  • Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people in Serbia - COI report