Caitlyn McGeer is a postdoctoral researcher working on the ERC-funded ConflictNet project within the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She focuses on the use of artificial intelligence and social media in conflict settings in Africa. Caitlyn specializes in anticipatory action for conflict prevention and hate speech and disinformation in conflicts. Her research interests deal with gender and technology, human rights, and security.
Caitlyn holds a DPhil in Criminology from the University of Oxford, where she worked in Nigeria and the UK to assess how law enforcement agencies operationalize the United Nations protocols on trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants. Caitlyn currently lectures at the University of Toronto on topics related to criminology and sociology and has previously lectured at the University of Oxford on qualitative and quantitative methods.
Beyond academia, Caitlyn's professional background centers on capacity building premised on securing welfare and rights protections. She is a strategic development and impact assessment specialist. Caitlyn has worked extensively on both local, national, and transnational-level projects, including ones in the UK, Canada, Guatemala, Ghana, and Ecuador. She has held senior management and front-line roles for various non-governmental, governmental, and United Nations entities.