Ali is co-founder and managing director of TGP (founded in 2016) and a Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She has published widely on the place of children within the international system, as well as the significance of everyday activism in post-conflict settings. Ali’s current research focuses upon the role of education as resistance practice, an approach she integrates into her own pedagogical practice at St Andrews, where she strives to transform the classroom into a critical space and site for co-learning for both teacher and student. In 2019, Watson was awarded an OBE for services to education.
Bennett is co-founder and deputy director of TGP (founded in 2016), and a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His primary research focuses on state and structural violence waged against Indigenous communities and displaced peoples on the frontlines of the climate crisis. His work has led to a number of long-term research projects involving extensive fieldwork in North America (Alaska, Louisiana, Maine and Maritime Provinces of Canada) and Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Somaliland), carried out in collaboration with local human rights and community-based organisations.
Jenny joined TGP in 2020 as administrator and secretary to the advisory board. Based in the School of International Relations Jenny is responsible for assisting research and impact duties for both individual academic colleagues and the many research centres of the School. Previously Jenny has held a number of administration jobs and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Criminology.
Jamie joined TGP in 2018 while working with Ali Watson as a Laidlaw scholar at the University of St Andrews. Having graduated with a joint honours degree in Social Anthropology and International Relations in 2020, Jamie now studies Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford. Following his studies he will pursue an RA-funded research project, which uses digital storytelling to document the experiences of island communities facing climate change in the North Sea. Jamie’s goal is to create an open access online story-bank of community narratives to elevate frontline voices in global climate conversations.
Annabelle initially joined TGP as a research intern in 2017 before the Emerging Researchers Programme was established, and has coordinated TGP’s communications (including blog, website development and social media) since 2019. She graduated from the University of St Andrews with a joint honours degree in Social Anthropology and International Relations in 2018, and is now doing a double Master’s degree in Political Science and Environmental Policy, studying at SciencesPo in Paris and the Free University in Berlin.
Laoise is a 4th year undergraduate International Relations student at the University of St Andrew’s and joined TGP in 2020 as Emerging Researchers Programme (ERP) coordinator. This past summer (2020), Laoise conducted research as a Laidlaw scholar, under the supervision of Ali Watson. It discussed how non-profit NGO’s, whose work focuses on climate adaptation, work ethically with local communities in the face of climate change and other contextual challenges in Guatemala. Laoise’s other interests include refugee and forced migration studies, human rights and climate change policy.
Margaret joined TGP in 2017 while completing her Master’s in African Studies at the University of Oxford. She also holds an MA in Educational Policy and Planning from Makerere University in Uganda where she lives today. Her primary research explores the politics of conservation and land displacement among Indigenous ethnic minorities in Eastern Africa, with a particular focus on BaTwa communities in southwestern Uganda living on the fringes of Bwimbi National Park. She hopes to continue her research as a doctoral student in 2021.
Meghan joined TGP originally as deputy director in 2017 while completing her PhD at Queen’s University in Canada. She was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in International Relations at the University of St Andrews to continue her work with TGP from 2019 to 2021. Her primary research focuses on discourses of power and resistance in post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on Rwanda and the wider African Great Lakes region. Her more recent work seeks to chronicle narratives of dislocation, land dispossession and regime change among the region’s first ‘conservation refugees’, the Indigenous BaTwa. Meg recently left St Andrews to take up work elsewhere but continues to work closely with her colleagues at TGP in a volunteer capacity.
Patrick joined TGP in 2017 while working as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Sharjah in the UAE. Since receiving his doctorate from the University of St Andrews, Patrick has published widely on peace-building, repairing youth-elder relations and hybridity in post-conflict societies. His work has focused especially on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda where he’s conducted extensive fieldwork. He is also a board member of the ‘Zimbabwe Policy Dialogue Institute’, and co-founding trustee and organising secretary of the ‘Kariba Development Trust’, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental, economic and social development in Kariba, Zimbabwe.
Matthew joined TGP in 2018 whilst a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews. His dissertation explored the political legacy of nomadic pastoralism in Mauritania and Western Sahara. Since graduating with a PhD in Social Anthropology in 2021, Matthew has become a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. His project explores the relationship between migration, activism, and political imagination in Central Europe and the Balkans, primarily Slovenia.
Yahye is the Executive Director of SOM-Act, a collective of Somalilander human rights activists. SOM-Act has collaborated with TGP on several projects including Breaking the 4th Wall of Climate Migration and the ‘Aamusnaan Maya’ Initiative.
Current Emerging Researchers
Pia is studying International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in critical and Indigenous research methodologies and developing post-colonial critiques of climate research.
Marcelina is studying Biology and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in the role of education in catalysing just climate action and in the intersection of climate change and gender-based violence.
Cate is studying English at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in exploring current climate policy and how it affects the working class in the UK.
Yasemin is studying International Relations at the University of St Andrews. She is interested in learning about Indigenous political thought and how its implementation could help us solve the climate crisis.
Akshika is a 4th year student studying International Relations and Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. As an Emerging Researcher she is particularly interested in navigating effective measures and policies associated with alleviating environmental and social injustices. She hopes to research and introduce guidelines and a framework to assess the efficacy of such policies and legislation in both low-income and high-income regions.
Keira is a 4th year undergraduate student from Texas studying International Relations and Arabic at the University of St Andrews. She is excited to expand her knowledge of Critical Theory, as she believes this school of thought holds the key to understanding the nuances and particularities of global events. She looks forward to applying what she learns to her research project investigating the differential effects of climate change on LGBT+ communities.
Jenny is a 4th year Geography student at the University of St Andrews who hails from Edinburgh. She is especially interested in the rights and wellbeing of women and LGBT+ individuals within indigenous communities and their disproportionate risk to climate change. She is excited to critically explore western research methodology and to learn about ethical and collaborative research methodologies.
Hannah is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Social Anthropology and International Relations at The University of St Andrews. As an Emerging Researcher she is interested in exploring the didactic role of storytelling in school curricula and as is keen to support further developments of TGP’s project ‘Breaking the 4th Wall of Climate Migration’.