Katharine, who was a Board member of Scottish Refugee Council from 2012 – 2018, will contribute policy, research, and fundraising expertise to the Board as well as bring relevant international networks. She is an Associate Professor specialising in international migration in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University.
Working from her home in Glasgow, she has been conducting advocacy-related migration research for over 20 years for the UN, NGOs and grant-making foundations. Katharine specialises in writing about employment rights for migrants, trafficking and forced labour, and business and human rights. Before joining academia in 2015, she worked as a consultant for UN organisations, IOM and ILO and for the Institute for Human Rights and Business. She has a passion for supporting refugees and resisting the accelerating global precarity of migration.
Katharine also serves as a Trustee for JustRight Scotland, a team of expert lawyers who use the law to defend and extend people’s rights; A Moment’s Peace, a socially engaged theatre company producing art, activism and solidarity; and for Bazooka Arts, which provides therapeutic arts for children and adults.