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Catherine (Kate) Mackenzie


Research overview

Catherine (Kate) Mackenzie is a 1stYear PhD researcher in the School of Modern Languages at the University of St Andrews, with supervision also at the University of Strathclyde (Dr Elaine Webster, School of Law).  Kate’s PhD research is on Imagining Children’s Rights in Central Africa: Francophone Fiction and State Discourse since 1999.   She takes a post-colonial approach to analyse how such texts reflect differing conceptions of childhood and shed light on the tensions inherent in the relationship of the child to the adult, the individual to the state, and African nations to the international human rights regime.

Kate’s research is informed by her previous work in the UK Diplomatic Service, including in the fields of international human rights law and conflict resolution in Central Africa. 

Research Publications

MLitt Thesis (School of International Relations, University of St Andrews) 

Sources of Restraint on State Use of Political Violence: A Case Study, Zimbabwe 2000-2008, published 21 March 2021 in the Occasional Paper Series of The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews.

Conference Papers

Inter-woven discourses – history, culture and imagination in the construction of international children’s rights law, presented to the University of Strathclyde 5thAnnual Postgraduate Law Conference Reimagining Justice and Ethnography, 29 April 2021

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