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Nicola is a human rights activist with almost 20 years of professional experience in academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations. She is Project Co-Ordinator (Northern Ireland) for Uplift, an independent, people-powered campaigning community of over 220,000 people who take coordinated action for progressive change across Ireland.
For 12 years, Nicola served as the Director (Policy) for the Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In her work at PPR, Nicola helped to put the voices of marginalised groups at the heart of social change, by supporting them to design and implement campaigns to realise their socio-economic rights and render decision-making more participatory. She was a founder staff member of PPR and played a key role in developing PPR’s unique participatory human rights indicator methodology which was recognised as a good practice example by the United Nations in 2012.
Through an SCI Fellowship Nicola examined how human rights practice changes when communities take the lead.
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Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland