Help to end

identity-based violence

Joanne Wood – Education Outreach Officer

Before founding Protection Approaches, Andy worked with genocide prevention NGO Aegis Trust  where  he  redesigned the organisation’s youth department in the UK and in Rwanda. In the UK, Andy developed new programmes that engage school-age children and university students with issues of prejudice, mass atrocities, and genocide, and trained students in issue-based campaigning. In Rwanda he designed and launched national youth programmes funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the UK Department for International Development. The programmes focus on peace-building and upstream mass atrocity prevention through youth leadership training, sports and arts.

Ben provides research and analysis as part of our policy and research team. He has previously worked within the Individuals at Risk Campaign Team at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, as an associate editor for the E-International Relations website, and as a research support assistant for SERIO.

Ben received his MA and BSc (Hons) degrees in International Relations from the University of Plymouth, specialising in critical security studies. His main research interests lie in the field of mass atrocity crimes, with a particular focus on the Responsibility to Protect, NGO advocacy, and UN politics.

Members of our informal advisory group are experts in prediction, prevention, protection and justice approaches to identity-based violence and identity-based mass violence. They have agreed to lend us their expertise and offer us advice on our projects. This helps us to ensure all our work is informed and meaningful. Please note that our advisors are not responsible or accountable for any of the work, views, or decisions of Protection Approaches.

Our Advisors:

Andy runs our Learning and Outreach programme. Working with schools, young people, marginalised communities, decision shapers in media and culture, and the wider UK public, the programme seeks to increase understanding of the processes that lead to prejudice and IBV, and to strengthen individual sense of responsibility. Andy also manages the monitoring and evaluation of Protection Approaches work.

Joanne coordinates the schools programme at Protection Approaches which involves developing, promoting and facilitating Protection Approaches’ school based workshops and assemblies. The schools programme seeks to strengthen young people’s resistance to divisive rhetoric and radicalisation by helping them to recognise the processes that lead to prejudice, extremism and identity-based hatred.

Before working for Protection Approaches, Joanne completed her MA in Gender Studies, at the Central European University in Budapest. Her thesis focussed on approaches to compulsory Holocaust education in England.  Jo has more than a year’s teaching experience and a particular interest to work in schools and other educational settings in order to facilitate positive change.

We will always be indebted to these people for the belief they have show in us, for their generosity and for the contribution they have made to making Protection Approaches a reality.

- John & Ann Montgomery

- The Harrison Family

- Dino Dimopoulos-Bew

- Richard and Sara Cross

Founding Patrons

Ben Willis - Research Assistant

Photograph: Rwanda, Max Ferguson

Who We Are

Advisory Group

Dr Kate Ferguson - Director of Research and Policy

Kate Ferguson

Dr Simon Adams:

Executive Director - Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect

Ms Alexandra Buskie:

Professor Cathie Carmichael:

Head of School of History –UEA | Editor of Journal of Genocide research

Professor Greg Stanton:

Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention - George Mason University | President - Genocide Watch
Carl Wilkens:

Founder - World Outside my Shoes  

Andy Fearn - Director of Learning and Outreach

Andy Fearn

Charlotte contributes to our blog with a focus on identity-based mass violence around the world. She holds a BA in History and MA in Politics, specialising in conflict and genocide studies, from the University of Sheffield. She currently works for an international NGO and is responsible for engaging schools across the UK in global citizenship and positive social action. Previously Charlotte managed training programmes for young people empowering them to prevent identity-based violence through advocacy, campaigning and public speaking. Her interests lie in the broad areas of atrocity prevention and identity based violence, specifically with a focus on gender.'

The Team

Charlotte Clapham - Contributor

as a Policy Consultant and Political Advisor in mass atrocity prevention.

Kate received her PhD from the University of East Anglia on devolved structures of identity-based violence and has an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford. She teaches undergraduate classes on human rights, gender, sexual violence, and the international justice system.

Kate is responsible for our Political Engagement Strategy, which includes developing working groups and networks of decision makers in the UK and abroad. She leads our Research and Analysis programme.

Kate is an experienced policy analyst and researcher. She has over seven years of academic and professional experience in genocide   studies   and atrocity   prevention.   Before   founding   Protection Approaches, she worked