Professor Cantor’s research has a strong legal and policy focus. Current and past topics include returns by refugees and IDPs, reparations for displacement, IDP protection during armed conflict and organised criminal violence, human mobility in disasters linked to natural hazards, refugee law and its relationship to human rights law, and HL and IDP law. He has a long-standing fascination with Latin America, where he has carried out fieldwork since 1998 in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico. Since 2010, he has published five books, two special issues, and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. While running the RLI, Professor Cantor has organised over 100 conferences, workshops, and seminars. He founded the International Refugee Law book series (where he remains editor) and the distance-learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He has led and participated in international research collaborations, securing almost £8 million in competitive research funding for around 15 projects as PI or Co-I (including AHRC, ESRC, GCRF, and Leverhulme Trust). He was selected as an ESRC Future Research Leader in 2012 and sits on the Research Council Peer Review College. He is the new editor-in-chief of the Refugee Survey Quarterly.
Professor Damien Short
Professor Damien Short is co-director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a professor of human rights and environmental justice at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights and environmental justice, both as a scholar and advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects, and environmental human rights. He is currently researching the human rights impacts of extreme energy processes (for example, tar sands and fracking. Professor Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nations' ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and the United Nations Harmony with Nature Initiative, and serves as academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. Professor Short is also the editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Human Rights, convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group, and active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. Professor Short has worked with a variety of NGOs, including Amnesty International, War on Want, Survival International, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, and with a range of campaign groups including Eradicating Ecocide, Biofuelwatch, Climate Justice Collective, and the UK Tar Sands Network. He currently advises UK local anti-fracking groups and county councils on the human rights implications of unconventional (extreme) energy extraction processes such as fracking.