Kat Eghdamian was appointed as a freelance researcher in late 2016, to help inform our educational initiatives as part of our Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded, Emerging International Leaders programme, which ran from September 2016 until August 2018.

She was commissioned to provide us with independently commissioned, cross-disciplinary research briefings on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), ahead of each of our three retreats for the 2016/17 academic year.

Kat is a specialist researcher and facilitator on religion, forced migration, and minority rights issues. Her current research explores the relationship between religious identity and experiences of international displacement, with a focus on religious minorities among Syrian refugee populations in the Middle East. In addition to academic and policy-oriented publications, her work has recently appeared in The Conversation, ABC Radio National, and The Washington Post.

Currently a PhD candidate with an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship at University College London (UCL), Kat also holds a number of research, teaching, and consulting roles with national and international organisations.

A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford, she is a qualified barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. Prior to academia, Kat worked in human rights advocacy and research for almost a decade, with a primary focus on freedom of religion and belief issues.

Cumberland Lodge Publications

Understanding the Importance of Freedom of Religion or Belief - Briefing (March 2017)

Global Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief - Briefing (May 2017)

Freedom of Religion or Belief in Action - Briefing (July 2017)

These Briefings have been used to support successive annual cohorts of our Emerging International Leaders programme on Freedom of Religion or Belief.



Research Associate (2016/17)