Human rights expert joins UWE

Issue date: 06 January 2006


Christien van den Anker Human rights expert, Christien van den Anker (pictured), has joined the University of the West of England's School of Politics from the University of Birmingham where she co-led the development of a Centre for the Study of Global Ethics.

Christien said, “I'm delighted to join UWE and look forward to developing an exciting new MA course on Human Rights. I'm also excited at the potential to develop collaborative research projects with colleagues at UWE. My research interests are global ethics, human rights and trafficking in human beings. I'm currently co-editing the final volume of a series of four volumes for Palgrave on Women's Rights in Europe that focuses on trafficking in women. The first two books: Women's reproducutive rights and Women's Citizenship rights and political participation were published last year.

“A second EC-funded project focuses on Combating racism in Eastern Europe and I am also working with Anti-Slavery International on a project to assess the existence of trafficking for forced labour in the UK, Ireland, Portugal and Czech Republic.”

No stranger to media interest in human rights Christien was recently interviewed by several national TV channels on the human trafficking case uncovered in Birmingham in October 2005.

Key books by Christien include (with Rhona Smith (eds.)) The Essentials of Human rights Hodder Arnold, 2005 and (ed) The Political Economy of Contemporary slavery Palgrave, 2004.

Research proposals in the pipeline include a follow-up project on forced labour with six European partners and a project with colleagues at UWE on Kosovan migration, identities and psycho-social support using a life history methodology (Arts and Humanities Research Council Diaspora programme).

Christien is lead editor of the Journal of Global Ethics which comes out twice a year. In 2006 there will be a Special Issue on Women's rights in Europe.

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Editors note

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