Emily is Project Coordinator at Involve. Working primarily on NHS Citizen, Emily is committed to the importance of people’s participation in building a transparent, accountable and more inclusive democracy.
Before joining Involve, Emily worked at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva on the Human Rights & Refugees programme, building on her experiences at the development organisation International Service and community group Refugee Action York. Having graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons.) First Class in History, Emily completed an MA in Applied Human Rights with Distinction at the University of York. During her studies, she developed her understanding of how human rights could enable communities to engage with political processes and participate in decision-making, with a focus on indigenous peoples in South Africa. Emily is also interested in “human rights cities”, looking at how local governments are explicitly basing policies on human rights and using a human rights framework to guide decision-making, including in matters such as transparency and public participation.