Kate Ferguson

director Protection Approaches

Kate Ferguson is a researcher and policy analyst in the fields of identity-based violence and mass atrocity prevention. She is Director of human rights NGO Protection Approaches, which works to improve UK public understanding of and policy responses to identity-based violence, particularly mass atrocity crimes.  She is a Research Associate with the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) through the University of Cambridge, and an Associate Tutor in the Department of History at the University of East Anglia. Outside academia, Kate has worked with international non-governmental organisations in the UK and abroad, and in the British parliament. Before co-founding Protection Approaches in 2014, Kate worked as a Policy Consultant with an international genocide prevention organisation in Rwanda and London where she assisted with strategic programme development and the coordination of the first Kigali Forum on Genocide. She teaches undergraduate classes at the UEA on human rights, gender, sexual violence, and the international justice system.

Kate has an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and received her PhD in History from the University of East Anglia. Her thesis examined irregular and non-state combatants in modern identity-based conflicts and considered how state elites, the media, diaspora networks, and local communities support and enable irregular military structures.

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