Staff and consultants

The Executive Director chairs a Programme Management Group of subject experts who provide the leadership for our programmes of work. This group is supported by project and administrative staff, some of whom make up a Business Development Committee chaired by the Deputy Director. Each of our programmes of work are also supported by advisory groups made up of eminent international experts from outside ORG. We are further assisted in our work by temporary graduate interns who work alongside us for 6-month periods.


Programme Management Group



John Sloboda John Sloboda
has been Executive Director of Oxford Research Group since January 2004. He is also Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since 2003, he has been co-director of the Iraq Body Count project, which remains the only continuously updated source of event-based information about civilian casualties in the ongoing Iraq conflict. Within ORG, he directs the Recording Casualties in Armed Conflict programme and chairs its international advisory group. He undertakes regular speaking engagements, and is an occasional author for openDemocracy. In July 2004, John was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy.


Chris Abbott Chris Abbott
is the Deputy Director of Oxford Research Group and an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Governance and International Affairs at the University of Bristol. Chris joined ORG in October 2003 and he now directs the Moving Towards Sustainable Security programme and chairs the Business Development Committee. His research interests include transnational and non-traditional security threats, alternative global security strategies, and the security implications of climate change. In addition to several influential ORG reports, including Global Responses to Global Threats and An Uncertain Future, his articles on global security issues have appeared in various publications, both in the UK and abroad. His first book, Beyond Terror: The Truth About the Real Threats to Our World, was published by Random House in April 2007 and is now available in five languages. He has a degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews.


Paul Rogers Paul Rogers
is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. Professor Rogers has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years. He lectures at universities and defence colleges in several countries and has written or edited 26 books, including Global Security and the War on Terror: Elite Power and the Illusion of Control (Routledge, 2008) and Why We're Losing the War on Terror (Polity, 2008). He writes monthly briefings analysing the international security situation for the Oxford Research Group website and since October 2001 has written a series of ORG Briefing Papers on international security and the 'war on terror', including Endless War: The Global War on Terror and the New Bush Administration (March 2005) and Iran: Consequences of a War (February 2006). Paul is also a regular commentator on global security issues in both the national and international media, and is openDemocracy’s International Security Editor.


Gabrielle Rifkind Gabrielle Rifkind
is Human Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group and directs our Human Security in the Middle East programme. She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution and is convener and founder of the Middle East Policy Initiative Forum (MEPIF). She has initiated and facilitated a number of Track II roundtables and hosts the media 'Liddite' Conversations with ORG. She is also working on developing dialogue between Iran, the US and Israel. She makes regular contributions to press and media and is author, with Scilla Elworthy, of Making Terrorism History (Random House, 2005).

Professor Oliver Ramsbotham, Chair of ORG's Board of Trustees, is also a member of the Programme Management Group.

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Project Staff and Consultants


Hamit Dardagan became ORG’s Consultant on Civilian Casualties in War in March 2007. He is co-founder and principal researcher at Iraq Body Count, where he has made an in-depth study of the research methods of Professor Marc Herold, who pioneered a media-based methodology for estimating civilian deaths in the Afghan war during 2001-02. He has written for Counterpunch, and has undertaken research for a number of organisations, including Greenpeace. He has been chair of Kalayaan a human rights campaign for overseas domestic workers in the UK, which led to significant enhancement in their legal rights.

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Support Staff



Fiona Harrison Fiona Harrison
is ORG’s Fundraiser. She has worked in the international human rights and development sector since 1992, most recently as Deputy Director and Head of Fundraising at Minority Rights Group International. Previously she has been Executive Director of Women’s Health as well as Director of the Europe Programme at ARTICLE 19, the Global Campaign for Free Expression. She also works as a consultant to the international human rights sector providing strategy development, fundraising and management consultancy for clients such as the Council of Europe, the Open Society Institute, the AIRE Centre, Minority Rights Group International and the disability charity, Leonard Cheshire. Fiona has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex and a BA in French, German and Linguistics. She joined ORG in March 2007.


Andy Roberts Andy Roberts is ORG’s Office Administrator. He has a degree in Social & Political Science, an M.Phil in Town Planning, and a Certificate in Industrial Relations & Trade Union Studies. He has worked for a range of local and national civil society organisations over 25 years, including Socialist Environment & Resources Association, London Hazards Centre, Waterloo Community Development Group, European Nuclear Disarmament, New Economics Foundation, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Consumers International, and European Dialogue. He has worked extensively in Central & Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He is also active in campaigning on local community issues. His interests include the role of civil society in bringing about progressive social and economic change; minority rights; and corporate social responsibility.


Tom Phipps Thomas Phipps joined ORG as an Intern in September 2008, working primarily on the Moving Towards Sustainable Security programme. After working for five years in the private sector in various countries, Thomas attended the University of Sydney where he was awarded a Masters in International Studies. During his Masters he worked as an intern at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) focusing on the security impact of migration in Asia and the Pacific. Upon completing his Masters he worked as a Research Assistant at CISS and helped draft a section of the Garnaut Review exploring the security implications of climate change. His research interests include international risk analysis; food security; climate change and security; and migration. In addition to his Masters he holds a BA in History from Queen Mary, University of London.

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Emeritus and Honorary Staff



Frank Barnaby Frank Barnaby
is Emeritus Consultant to Oxford Research Group. He is a nuclear physicist by training and worked at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston between 1951-57. He was on the senior scientific staff of the Medical Research Council when a university lecturer at University College London (1957-67). He was Executive Secretary of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in the late 1960s and Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) from 1971-81. He was a Professor at the Free University, Amsterdam (1981-85) and Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota in 1985. From 1982-2007, he was the Nuclear Issues Consultant for Oxford Research Group. He is now a freelance defence analyst, and a prolific author on military technology.


Rosie Houldsworth Rosie Houldsworth
has been ORG's Honorary Archivist and Historian since September 2007, but has been associated with ORG since its foundation in 1982. She has played a leading role in developing and maintaining ORG's strong network of nuclear decision-makers and international experts. Trained as a linguist and in the humanities, she is particularly interested in the human relationship aspect of political change, and has been involved in developing and supporting ORG's work to facilitate face-to-face dialogue between policy-makers and their critics. She graduated with an Honours degree in French and German from London University, and later did a post-graduate degree at Oxford University's Department of Educational Studies. She taught French and German for several years in schools in England, Australia and Switzerland, before joining ORG at its inception in September 1982. Her interest in nuclear issues stems from her experience of working for a uranium prospecting company in Northern Australia in the mid-1970s. A tribute to her contributions over 25 years at ORG can be found here.

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