Roxana is a FRIAS Junior Fellow (2021-2022) and a Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union at the University of Freiburg. Roxana is also the Principal Investigator of the Cameroon Conflict Research Group and a Lecturer in Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law, Oxford. She holds an LLB in Law with European Legal Studies, an LLM in International Economic Law, and a DPhil in Law. Following the doctorate, Roxana completed a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford, and a stipendary JRF in Law awarded by University College, Oxford.
Roxana’s research investigates the legal system through the prism of structural inequality. For the doctorate, she conducted an ‘ethnography at home’ and examined how one of the most socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in England informally handled conflict before escalating it to the police. Roxana is in the final stages of reworking the doctoral thesis for publication – ‘A Precarious Life: Understanding class, race, and conflict in a deindustrialised town’ (contracted with Oxford University Press, Clarendon Series). She is presently building on these findings by examining how class and race affect children’s experiences of welfare and punishment in school.
In response to local requests, Roxana recently established a research group to investigate the Cameroon conflict. To date, she has set up several research fellowships and led on the production of two research reports. The first report documents human rights abuses committed before as well as during the conflict, and offers a socio-historical analysis of the tensions. The second report is an empirical piece of research, which draws on the experiences of 32 civilians trapped in the conflicted regions and details the involvement of international actors. Roxana will collaborate with colleagues in Cameroon to develop this pilot research into a longer-term project to support peace-seeking efforts.
Roxana’s research in Cameroon stems from working as a human rights advocate for two years in the North West Region. During a Voluntary Services Overseas post, Roxana co-founded a pro bono law chambers and secured funding from Allen and Overy. The chambers is internationally recognised and handles cases in all areas of law, including United Nations human rights petitions and decisions from the African Commission.