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CGHR Practitioner Series: Clea Kahn on Conflict and Humanitarianism

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ABSTRACT : CGHR runs a Practitioner Series each year in Lent term, Jan to March, which often features rights activists, aid practitioners and journalists etc.

Our speakers relate stories about their own experience — how they came to work in the field that they are in — with details about what the work itself involves. The session thus offers a combination of substantive discussion of the speaker’s work and critical views on the challenges of working in their area, as well as personal and practical insights into how they ended up doing what they do and how they would advise others thinking about practice/policy as a possible future after studies/research.

CGHR ’s Practitioner Series provides students (both undergrads and postgrads) and researchers with the chance to ask questions of people that they might not normally have access to.

In this session, we speak to Clea Kahn. With more than 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, Clea now works on a diverse array of projects as an independent consultant. Her areas of expertise include migration and refugees, gender and gender-based violence, protection, including protection of civilians in armed conflict, and humanitarian principles. Working with organisations like the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI), Red Cross and Red Crescent, Médecins sans Frontières, the Start Network and the UK Department for International Development (now FCDO ), She has conducted research and evaluations, produced strategies, guidance and delivered training, and provided programme and policy guidance and advice. She serves on the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Gatwick immigration detention centres, and on the Governing Board of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). Clea is currently pursuing a doctorate in counselling psychology.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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