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Gosia Pearson is a Policy Officer in DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Commission, where she works on the EU's humanitarian aid strategy and international cooperation. Previously, she spent several years in the European Union External Action Service, where she was responsible for the formulation and implementation of the EU's foreign policy on human rights and democracy promotion. Before moving to Brussels, she was an academic assistant and researcher at the European Studies Centre at St. Antony?s College and the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. She also gained professional experience in the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Geneva, the Polish Embassies in London and Dublin, and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.

Gosia Pearson holds a PhD (2007) and an MA (2005) in Political Science and International Relations from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She completed a graduate research programme in International Relations at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, under the British Council Chevening Scholarship and the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. She also conducted research within the OSCE Researcher-in-Residence Programme and the Council of Europe Visiting Researcher Scheme. She focused her research on examining the European Union's cooperation with international organisations in the field of human rights, and her thesis was awarded a distinction in the national competition of the Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Gosia Pearson joined the Centre for Criminology in 2012. Her areas of expertise include human rights, in particular the EU's internal and external policies in this field as well as international and regional human rights protection systems.



Research Interests

International and regional human rights protection systems. EU internal and external human rights policies. Thematic issues: death penalty; torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment; human trafficking; the rights of the child, including juvenile justice; security and democracy; trade and human rights; business and human rights.

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