Promotions for SAS experts in Commonwealth and human rights

Friday 17 August 2018

The School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has announced the promotion of three distinguished academics recognised for their work in law, Commonwealth studies, human rights and refugee protection.

Dr David Cantor (left), director of the Refugee Law Initiative and one of the programme directors of the MA in Refugee Protection and Migration Studies, becomes Professor of Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. In 2016, he was appointed senior adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a job he secured after completing a ground-breaking three-year research project on refugee protection in Latin America. 

Working part-time with the UNHCR Americas, he exploited the insights gleaned from his academic research work (full title ‘Pushing the boundaries: new dynamics of forced migration and transnational responses in Latin America’) to help the organisation develop its policy strategy for the protection of the region’s refugees and displaced persons.

In 2017, David’s ‘Pushing the boundaries’ research won the Times Higher Education’s Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences award.

Dr Sue Onslow (right) has been appointed to a Readership in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), where she is a senior lecturer and deputy director. A sought after media commentator and expert on the Commonwealth and its member countries, she was the lead researcher on the institute’s Oral History Project, a unique digital research resource on the oral history of the Commonwealth since 1965. She has written widely on British foreign policy and decolonisation, and southern Africa in the Cold War era. 

Her latest publication is the co-written biography Robert Mugabe (Ohio Short Histories of Africa) which reveals the complexity of the man who stamped his personality on Zimbabwe’s first four decades of independence. Sue said 'I'm enormously honoured to be promoted to this position in the ICWS, particularly as it was once occupied by the widely respected Peter Lyon. It has been a privilege and pleasure for me to work in SAS, which has enabled me to pursue multiple research projects on Zimbabwe, the Commonwealth and the media.'

Dr Sarah Singer (left) becomes a senior lecturer in refugee law at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies where she is also programme director of the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. It is the first postgraduate distance learning programme of its kind, run by the Refugee Law Initiative and delivered through the University of London Worldwide. 

Sarah also teaches the law component of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the School’s Human Rights Consortium and is managing editor of the International Community Law Review journal (Brill). She has written on the topic of asylum seekers and migrants suspected of serious criminality.

All appointments come into effect from 1 September. Commenting on the promotions, Professor Rick Rylance, the School of Advanced Study’s Dean and chief executive, said ‘I am delighted at these promotions. They recognise not only the individual achievement of three outstanding academics, but also their contribution to very distinctive areas of expertise in which the School and the university are outstanding. Congratulations to all three!’