Academic Director

Professor Nicola Piper

A: Old Teacher's College, University of Sydney
P: +61 2 9351 4684

Professor Nicola Piper has been the Director of the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) since 2012. In this role she oversees all operational and academic elements of the program, working closely with the Project Office team (Project Managers and Deputy Director) and regional partners. Nicola is a voting member of the Global Campus Steering Committee, coordinated by the European Inter-Universities Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.

Nicola also teaches HRTD6903 - Dynamics of Human Rights Violations.

Research interests
Nicola’s research interests lie in the influence of civil society actors on the governance of migration (‘governance from below’) at multiple institutional levels (global, regional, local), with specific focus on the promotion and advancement of migrants’ rights. She has been working on developing a concept of “migrant rights” beyond dominant legalistic approaches as well as classical citizenship conceptions.

The current phase of her research agenda revolves around issues of organisational evolution which matters to rights delivery, enforcement and monitoring as well as changes in organisational membership, perceptions of solidarity and political organising as the result of a transnationalising, globalized world of work.

Nicola’s focus is in the Asia-pacific region but she has also conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Europe.