Dr Kat Eghdamian was commissioned to support the Emerging International Leaders programme at Cumberland Lodge as a freelance Research Associate. She is a specialist researcher, consultant and facilitator on religion, forced migration and minority rights issues. Kat's recent research explores the relationship between religious identity and experiences of international displacement, with a focus on religious minorities among Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian refugee populations in the Middle East and Europe. In addition to academic and policyoriented publications, her work has recently appeared in The Conversation, on ABC Radio National and in The Washington Post.

Kat holds a number of other research, teaching and consulting roles with national and international organisations. She is a graduate of University College London (UCL), the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of Oxford, as well as being a qualified barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Prior to joining academia, Kat worked in human rights advocacy and research for almost a decade, with a primary focus on freedom of religion and belief.

Cumberland Lodge Publications

Freedom of Religion or Belief - Briefing (December 2019)

Research Associate, 2016/17