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.
Meghan joined TGP as deputy director in 2017 while completing her PhD at Queen’s University in Canada. She is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Her primary research analyses discourses of power and resistance in post-conflict settings, with a particular focus on Rwanda and the wider African Great Lakes region where she spent 7 months conducting fieldwork in 2015-2016. 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.
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 will begin a research project in 2021, 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 third-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.
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.
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.
Matthew joined TGP in 2018 as a doctoral student in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. His primary research explores the relationship between ecology, migration and state power in the Sahara. His work has led him to undertake extensive fieldwork in Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Western Sahara.
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.
Current Emerging Researchers
Akshika is a 3rd 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 3rd 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 3rd 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 3rd 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’.
Kristopher is a 4th year undergraduate student studying International Relations at the University of St Andrews and is from the Orkney Islands. He is currently an In-residence Emerging Researcher. For his research project he aims to study small island communities. Kris hopes to investigate how successful they are in securing funding and policies in international contexts and the community benefits which international organisations/institutions bring to small island communities.
Mathilde is a 4th year Sustainable Development student at the University of St Andrews and is currently an In-residence Emerging Researcher. Her research project proposes to focus on the impacts of ‘Voluntourism’ on the local communities.
Morgan is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of St Andrews studying International Relations. She is currently an In-residence Emerging Researcher. For her research project she is considering investigating New Zealand indigenous academia and comparing this to either Human Rights legislation or Scottish university education practices.