Sophie Evekink

DPhil Criminology


Sophie-Alexandra Evekink is a part-time doctoral student supervised by Professor Carolyn Hoyle in the Centre for Criminology at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on justice for victims of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). She also supports Professor Hoyle’s Victims Course for Masters students by teaching a class on CRSV and transitional justice.

Alongside her research, she currently works in Geneva at the World Health Organisation as a Cross-Cutting Specialist in the Office of the Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.

Prior to this, she led Global Government Relations at The Wellcome Trust in London, which included the foundation’s engagement with governments and multilateral fora such as G7/G20, the United Nations General Assembly, COP26 Climate Summit, and the World Economic Forum. She has previously spent seven years in New York at the United Nations in various roles: most recently in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in the Sustainable Development Unit focusing on topics such as sexual and reproductive health, and at the WHO UN Office, where she was focal point for a number of issues including gender and human rights, mental health and trauma, violence, climate change, and child and adolescent health. In this role, she served as Rapporteur for country negotiations including the Global Health and Foreign Policy Resolution and various Political Declarations of UN High-Level Meetings. She was also a Human Rights Advisor at the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations, and worked in External Relations at the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Office at the UN, particularly supporting Middle East engagement.

Sophie has a keen interest in violence prevention and women’s human rights, themes on which she has conducted research in the Middle East and Caucasus, as well as a passion for efforts which help build global consensus and bridge voices of the Global North and South. She has previously also written on terrorism and radicalisation, and human trafficking in Central and Eastern Europe.

Sophie is a dual Dutch/Canadian citizen and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and East European Studies from University College London (UCL) and a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford. 

Research Interests

Violence against women, victims, terrorism, human trafficking, gender, United Nations, reparations, Transitional Justice, domestic violence

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Criminology