- Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of Protection Approaches
Dr Kate Ferguson is Co-Founding Director of Protection Approaches where she heads Research & Policy. Protection Approaches was established in 2014 to fill a gap in the UK's third sector, where attention on the specific threats posed by mass atrocities had been lagging behind civil society endeavours elsewhere. Protection Approaches is the only organisation in the United Kingdom that works to address the diverse challenges of identity-based violence, from hate crime to violent extremism and genocide.
Prior to founding Protection Approaches Kate worked in research and policy in the British parliament, with NGOs in the UK and overseas, and as a freelance consultant. She was Research Associate at the University of Cambridge where she completed a project for the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS) looking at media development and communications in countering violent extremism and information warfare. She is an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of History, University of East Anglia where she taught on subjects relating to the history of human rights, mass violence, and international justice, and where she was Editor of Refugee History.
Kate received her BA and PhD from the University of East Anglia and has an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford.