Project Team

Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley – Principal Investigator

This project is led by Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley, Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University Law School. Dr Cahill-Ripley’s expertise is economic, social and cultural rights particularly in the context of conflict, peace and development. She has also written on the right to water and the right to food. Geographical areas of interest include the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Northern Ireland.

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Florence Foster – QUNO Representative for Peace and Disarmament 

Florence holds an MA in International Relations from Bristol University, UK, and has since specialized in displacement and conflict analysis, with an increasing emphasis on disarmament, mediation and conflict transformation. She began her career as an intern at the Global Protection Cluster and the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, before moving on to focus on West African conflict dynamics at the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, with work in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. Through her latest roles as Programme Manager at the Fondation Suisse de Déminage and Finn Church Aid, Florence led mediation and armed violence reduction initiatives in the Central African Republic. Laurel Townhead, Representative on Human Rights and Refugees, and Cassandra Moll, Programme Assistant on Peacebuilding and Climate Change, complete the QUNO team supporting the project.

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Hannah Peters – Lead researcher

Hannah Peters is the Programme Officer for Human Rights and Development at the Geneva Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. She has a human rights background and focuses on economic, social and cultural rights and the international human rights system in particular. She is currently working on a cross-cutting project on Sustaining Peace and Human Rights in the work of the United Nations.

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Dr. Diane Hendrick – Associate Researcher Diane Hendrick

Dr. Diane Hendrick led QUNO’s input into the project, as Representative on Peace and Disarmament, until September 2017. She developed QUNO’s cross-cutting work on Sustaining Peace and Human Rights in the work of the United Nations. She now works as an independent researcher and consultant linking peace, development and human rights. Her expertise lies in conflict transformation and development and she has broad experience of working at academic, policy and practice levels at both international and local level. 


Project Partners

QUNO staff work with people in the UN, multilateral organisations, government delegations, and non-governmental organisations, to achieve changes in international standards and practice. Quakers are known for speaking out against injustice and war – issues that are incompatible with our vision of a world in which peace and justice prevail. Our work is rooted in the Quaker testimonies of peace, truth, justice, equality, and simplicity. We understand peace as more than the absence of war and violence, recognizing the need to look for what seeds of war there may be in all our social, political, and economic relationships.

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

The Geneva Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung works in cooperation with Geneva based international organizations and their staff. Partners include both non-state actors (NGO-activists, trade unionists, journalists, academics and parliamentarians) and representatives of governments (including members of diplomatic missions). FES Geneva organizes conferences, seminars, workshops and dialog sessions, training and information programs with international participation, and provide studies, consultancy reports, and other publications with a focus on developing countries, emphasizing capacity building and South-South dialogue.