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Dr Fiona Macaulay

Dr Fiona Macaulay

Senior Lecturer in Peace Studies and International Development

Expertise: Brazil; criminal justice systems; prisons; human rights; feminicide; police and politics; gender-based violence; police reform; police training; women in politics; Brazilian politics

Dr Fiona Macaulay's research interests focus on politics and society in Latin America, especially Brazil, and on gender and security issues.

She has published widely on gender policies (violence against women, political representation, public policy processes), political parties (especially the Workers' Party in Brazil) and informal political processes, human rights, and reform issues in the criminal justice system, in particular police reform and prison reform.

She previously worked for Amnesty International as their Brazil researcher, and now works closely with the Brazilian Forum on Public Security. For the latter she has just written a guide for Brazilian police on how to train their officers around gender-based violence.

In 2020, she finished a book about how Brazilian society and criminal justice institutions have been tackling the problem of feminicide.

She also holds a British Academy/Leverhulme grant to study the involvement of police officers in politics in Brazil, under the Bolsonaro government. She has also provided expert testimony on prison conditions to the courts in cases involving extradition requests made by the Brazilian authorities, and is recognised as the leading UK expert on the topic.

Dr Macaulay has lots of experience giving radio and TV interviews (BBC, France 24, Austrian Radio, various Brazilian outlets, among others), live and pre-recorded, and she speaks fluent Portuguese. She can also interview in Spanish.


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