Dr. Vickie Knox
Dr Vickie Knox is a senior research consultant with eight years’ experience researching and writing comprehensive human rights reports for NGOs and analysing the root causes of human rights abuse. Vickie has particular expertise in forced displacement, IDPs and refugees, organised crime and migration, corruption and impunity, reproductive rights, and equality and discrimination. Her specialist area of research is how gang violence, organised crime and corruption contribute to displacement, and she has extensive knowledge of the human rights situation in Central America and Mexico.
Vickie was awarded PhD in Human Rights by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, from where she previously graduated with MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Her doctoral research explored the links between organised crime and migration in Mesoamerica, in the context of the emerging protection crisis in the region. Her thesis analysed how violent criminal groups drive migrations, are a threat during migratory transit and control people smuggling operations. Vickie also holds degrees from Queen Mary University of London and University of Brighton, and she teaches on University of London’s MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration.
Prior to moving into human rights research, Vickie gained over 15 years’ experience in communications, campaigns and managing digital programmes. She has held senior roles in human rights and advocacy organisations including Amnesty International, International Alert and the Central America Woman’s Network, and worked as an independent consultant in the private sector for several years.