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Professor Eddie Abbott-Halpin

About Professor Eddie Abbott-Halpin

Edward has a background in politics, community development and social and human rights informatics. He has worked as an expert for the European Parliament Scientific and Technical Options (STOA) Unit on human rights information, the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (Monitoring Children’s Rights: A Tool Kit for Community-Based Organisations), and is an associate Schumann Fellow of the European University in Florence. He has undertaken research funded by the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, European Parliament, European Commission, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Council, Rowntree, and other charitable trusts.

Over many years he has wide knowledge and interest in Western and South Asia, and it politics. He currently acts as a Regional Specialist, for West and South Asia, for Chevening/Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Edward is Chair of the Geneva-based Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International (HURIDOCS); an international NGO helping human rights organisation use information technologies and documentation methods to maximise the impact of their advocacy work. He is also an Expert Panel member of the Cambridge University Governance Laboratory.

Current Teaching

Supervision of PhD students and Masters Dissertations, along with some involvement in the teaching of modules in the School of Applied Global Ethics.

Research Interests

Edward’s current research and publications are in the field of child and human rights information, human trafficking and ICT, and in issues of governance.  He is currently working on trafficking in human beings  and The Onion Router (Dark Web), participating in workshops of the Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise (TRACE) Project, which builds on previous work with Plan International.

He is still involved in the Missing Children Alert System project of Plan International, working on the feasibility and development strategy for the project, which is reaching the conclusion of Phase 1.  Plan International, were awarded 4,000,000 Euro funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery, to develop and deliver a Missing Children Alert (MCA) system. The project covers three countries: Bangladesh, India and Nepal, where 200,000 children are estimated to be trafficked or missing each year. 

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