Ali Watson, managing director and co-founder of TGP and professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews has been awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to education.
Excerpt from the university press release:
“Professor Ali Watson, an expert in international relations and co-founder of the Third Generation Project, a human and community rights think-tank that focuses on the felt impacts of climate change, is awarded an OBE, and Professor Ian Boyd, a prominent scientist, former Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute and currently Chief Scientific Adviser to DEFRA, is awarded a Knighthood.
Professor Watson, who was educated at Powis (now St Machar) Academy in Aberdeen, followed by degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee, is Managing Director and co-founder of the Third Generation Project, a think-tank based in the St Andrews School of International Relations dedicated to, in theory, empowering communities impacted by climate change to dictate research and policy agendas.
Her research focuses upon what happens when we look at the international system differently, and prioritise those not in power, rather than in power. This has included a long-term focus on the place of children and youth in global politics, where her work has been instrumental to the development of the field. This also extends to more recent work in North America and East Africa where she has been involved in documenting and examining both the nature of ongoing human rights violations of the private and public sectors against indigenous communities and the responses of these communities to them. This work has secured funding from the British Academy and National Geographic Society, amongst others, to do so.
This led to her co-founding the Third Generation Project which prioritises working with frontline communities to change the conversation around the human rights implications of the climate crisis to a more inclusive one that prioritises community-led solutions for academics, policymakers and practitioners. They are currently funded by National Geographic Society to develop, in conjunction with academics, community organisers, journalists and environmentalists in the UK, Germany, Somaliland and Kenya, educational multimedia materials on climate change to be used in Scottish classrooms.
Professor Watson said: “This recognition is truly a privilege, considering I see how so many colleagues in my field work so hard without receiving individual acknowledgement. So while I am personally humbled, this award actually speaks to the work being done by so many, and of course to the strength of my family, a community that is not bound in blood but by a shared love.””
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