Kira Allmann

Kira Allmann is the OxHRH Communications Director and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on digital inequality, exploring community-driven grassroots solutions to closing the digital divide. She leads several research projects, using ethnographic methods to study the role of community-owned internet networks, local digital skills training, and public internet access points in promoting digital inclusion. Kira is also a research partner of the Whose Knowledge? campaign, which works to center the knowledge of marginalized communities on the web. She completed her DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and also holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies (University of Oxford) and a B.A. in Government and Linguistics (The College of William and Mary).

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When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature (with Mari Margil)

There is an unmistakable growing awareness of the ways in which our human lives and the environment are intertwined and interdependent. Unprecedented environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the looming reality of climate ...
Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

Sustainable Development as a Human Right (with Olivier De Schutter)

In September 2015, the UN adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all people. These are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to be realised by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals ...
Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt’s Emergency State

Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt’s Emergency State

At the beginning of January, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi declared a three-month extension of a country-wide state of emergency that has been in effect since April 2017 in response to bombings at two Coptic churches. The ...
Speaker Event – ‘Trump’s Policy on Jerusalem: Palestinian Options’ (Bonavero Institute of Human Rights)

Speaker Event – ‘Trump’s Policy on Jerusalem: Palestinian Options’ (Bonavero Institute of Human Rights)

Professor Rashid Khalidi will be discussing the impact of Trump's policy on Jerusalem for Palestinians. Professor Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. He received a B.A. from Yale ...
Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Law and Policy in the UK (with Marie Tidball)

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Law and Policy in the UK (with Marie Tidball)

Almost exactly a year ago, in January 2017, the UK Department of Education published a report by the Disabled Students Sector Leadership Group (DSSLG) which offered guidance on how universities and other higher education providers ...
The View Beyond Brexit: Equality Rights in Northern Ireland After Divorce (with Evelyn Collins)

The View Beyond Brexit: Equality Rights in Northern Ireland After Divorce (with Evelyn Collins)

The EU has played an important role both internationally and domestically in EU member states, in developing and protecting equality rights in the interest of ensuring peace and security. UK and EU equality law has evolved very much ...
The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights in Northern Ireland (with Colin Harvey)

The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights in Northern Ireland (with Colin Harvey)

On December 8 2017, news broke that the UK has reached a deal with the EU. Theresa May announced that there would be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement would be upheld, and that EU citizens’ ...
Production, reproduction and empowerment: the future of women in Africa

Production, reproduction and empowerment: the future of women in Africa

Many women in Africa are congregated in poorly paid and precarious work (ILO, 2016) and have very high rates of school dropout and maternal mortality and child morbidity. This is crucially linked to their role in childbirth and ...
A No-Man’s Land of Justice: Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights (with Boni Meyersfeld)

A No-Man’s Land of Justice: Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights (with Boni Meyersfeld)

There are many ways in which private businesses hold financial and political power akin to states. They also commit violations and abuses of power akin to states. But are they held accountable in the same way that states are? This ...
Seeking Environmental Justice: Coal, Campaigns and Climate Change (with Nick Stump)

Seeking Environmental Justice: Coal, Campaigns and Climate Change (with Nick Stump)

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, what is the future of environmental justice and human rights in the United States and the world? We talk with environmental human rights ...
Transforming the Law-Transgender Rights in the US (with Corey Stoughton)

Transforming the Law-Transgender Rights in the US (with Corey Stoughton)

In May of 2016, the Obama administration issued federal guidance that stated transgender people are protected according to United States civil rights law preventing sex discrimination in schools. It was a historic move, in response to ...
About Abortion (with Carol Sanger)

About Abortion (with Carol Sanger)

Since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, abortion has been legal in the United States. But terminating pregnancy remains a controversial issue, and it plays a surprisingly large role in American politics. In this episode, ...