Dr Jennifer Melvin is the EM HRPP National Convenor for Roehampton University and programme coordinator, as well as a Lecturer in Sociology and Human Rights. Her research interests include: genocide; post-conflict reconciliation; human rights protection and international development. Prior to joining the university, she conducted ethnographic research in the Great Lakes Region of Africa with a particular focus on Rwanda . This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on the construction of political and economic relationships between donor states and the countries receiving bilateral aid.
BA Honours Drama & History; MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights; PhD Sociology
War and genocide; political and military intervention; post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction; promotion and protection of human rights; international development
Membership of professional bodies
British International Studies Association; Human Rights Researchers Network
Human rights; genocide studies; international development; peacekeeping and peacebuilding; research methods (with a focus on conducting research in fragile states)
‘Reconstructing Rwanda: Balancing Human Rights and the Promotion of National Reconciliation’, in Sociology and Human Rights: New Engagements, Routledge, London, 2011.
Reconciling Rwanda: Unity, Nationality, and State Control, University of London Press, London, 2015.
‘Correcting History: Mandatory Education in Rwanda’. Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth, 2013
‘Beyond the Veneer of Reconciliation: Human Rights and Democracy in Rwanda’. Commonwealth Advisory Bureau Opinions Series, London, March 2012
‘Reconstructing Rwanda: Balancing Human Rights and the Promotion of National Reconciliation’. The International Journal of Human Rights, 14, November 2010