About Us

Our Programme

This think tank analyses the interrelated exploitation of human bodies and the environment in the context of war, conflict and global migration. Nature, conflict and migration are linked in many complex ways: social and political conflict is often an outcome of prolonged drought, resource extraction, agricultural distress and other human-induced or natural causes. These environmental and socio-political changes dictate many waves of migration and displacement – putting ‘illegal’ human bodies, including women and children, through extreme exploitative conditions of detention centres and labour camps. This think tank hopes to engage with the concept of exploitation in relation to domestic and international refugee law and climate migration.

Through this platform, we coordinate diverse expertise from researchers, advocates and policy-makers on issues of conflict and displacement. We work with researchers to bridge the gap between academia and policy in the areas of refugee law and migrants rights.

Programme Leads

Bava Dharani

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in War, Conflict & Global Migration

Bava Dharani completed her LLB and LLM in SOAS, UOL. She is currently pursuing the LPC at BPP University. Bava is interested in the Indian indenture history in Singapore and Malaysia, and the parallels and differences this labour movement bears to modern day migrant workers’ movement chains. Previously, Bava worked as a paralegal in Singapore, specialising in criminal, civil and employment law.

Vinita Govindarajan

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in War, Conflict & Global Migration

Vinita Govindarajan is a graduate in geography and environmental governance from the University of Oxford. She currently works at the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. Vinita is interested in how vulnerable populations negotiate the everyday effects of environmental change amid social and political conflict. Previously, she worked as a journalist in India, covering environment, politics, society and culture.

Dr. Sara Dehm

Fellow

BA/LLB (Hons), PhD in International Law

Sara Dehm teaches and researches in the areas of public international law, international migration and refugee law, and the history and theory of international law and institutions. She is particularly interested in the past and ongoing techniques and practices that international institutions employed in administering human mobility, specifically labour migration from states in the Global South. Sara completed her PhD at the Melbourne Law School in 2017, with a thesis entitled Ordering Human Mobility: International Law, Development, Administration.

Dr. Matilda Arvidsson

Fellow

BA, LLM, LLD

Matilda Arvidsson is a researcher in law and theory at the University of Gothenburg, where she teaches migration law, jurisprudence, and international law. Her expertise and research interests are interdisciplinary and include international humanitarian law, artificial intelligence (AI) and law, as well as the embodiment of law in its various forms. She holds a LLM in Jurisprudence, a LLD in International Law, as well as a BS in political science (Lund University).