am a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in
humanitarian protection, human rights and transitional justice. For the
last decade I have combined academic research with a consulting
practice focusing on policy and programme support with international agencies, including the UN and NGOs,
with an emphasis on states emerging from conflict and violence. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied
Human Rights at the University of York.
My consulting work has sought to
provide policy and programmatic support to a range of humanitarian and human
rights related programming, including extensive engagement with monitoring and
evaluation, and in particular of protection and rule of law. My academic work is driven by a desire to put the needs of victims of conflict
at the heart of efforts to address its legacies, and this has led to my
engaging with victim-centred and therapeutic approaches to histories of
violence. My research has focused on addressing legacies
of violence after conflict, taking a critical persperctive on transitional
justice and a focus on emancipatory approaches driven by victims. I have tried
to drive my research through innovative participatory approaches that see
knowledge production and activism as inseparable. I have worked extensively on
the issue of persons disappeared and missing in armed conflict, as well as dead
and missing migrants at the EU's southern border. I have worked for many years
in both Nepal and Tunisia, and have broad experience in sub-Saharan Africa and
- Robins, Simon (2016) Transition but not Transformation: How Nepal's liberal peace fails its citizens, in: Nepal Transition to Peace: A decade of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Kathmandu: NTTP/ USAID.
Simon (2016) Book Review Unbribable
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The
Fight for The Commons, Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.
Jessica Auchter, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International
Relations, London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Dialogues
on Historical Justice and Memory.
- Robins, Simon (2014) Book Review: Jessica
Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, London and
New York: Dialogues on Historical Justice
- Robins, S.
Review: Jenny Edkins, Missing: Persons and Politics. Ithaca,
NY: Cornell University Press, 2011. Social & Legal Studies 22(1)
- Robins, S and Ram
Kumar Bhandari (2012), 'From victims to actors: Mobilising victims to
justice process', NEFAD: Kathmandu.This is the report of a
participatory action research project funded by the Berghof
Foundation and conducted in collaboration with NEFAD, the National
Network of Families of the Disappeared and Missing, Nepal. It aims to
understand how victims of conflict can become agents in addressing the
legacies of violence. The following documents are available:
- Robins, S. (2012), Book
in Transitional Justice.
Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ruth Stanley. Hampshire, UK and
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. 297.
Historical Justice and Memory Network.
- Robins, S. (2011) 'Addressing the needs of families
of the Missing: A test of contemporary approaches to
transitional justice', PhD Thesis. York, UK: PRDU, University of York.
S. (2010) Book review: Hugo
van der Merwe, Victoria Baxter and Audrey R. Chapman (eds.) Assessing
the impact of transitional justice: Challenges for empirical research
(Washington USIP Press, 2009)", Millenium Journal of
International Studies 39: 588.
S. (2009) Book
review: Pouligny, B., S. Chesterman and A. Schnabel
(eds.), After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities,
Tokyo: United Nations University Press, (2007). Breen Smyth, M., Truth
Recovery and Justice After Conflict: Managing Violent Pasts,
New York: Routledge, (2007), Millennium Journal of
International Studies, 37.3, March 2009.