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Dr Kate Ferguson is an internationally recognised foreign policy expert driving a new approach to preventing mass violence.

She is the Co-Executive Director and Head of Policy and Research at Protection Approaches, which she co-founded in 2014 to transform how identity-based violence is understood and so transform how it is prevented. She is Chair of Policy at the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Dr Ferguson has trained and advised state representatives, parliamentarians, and law enforcement around the world including on developing national and local atrocity prevention. In 2021 Dr Ferguson was appointed as Specialist Adviser to the International Development Committee for the duration of its inquiry Promoting dialogue and preventing atrocities: the UK government approach. She has a PhD on the dynamics of modern mass atrocities from the University of East Anglia and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford. Her book, Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities was published in 2020 by Hurst and Oxford University Press.



  • Atrocity prevention
  • Conflict prevention
  • UK foreign policy
  • Genocide studies
  • the Responsibility to Protect
  • Intersectional, queer and feminist prevention
  • Identity-based violence
  • Serious and organised crime
  • Violent extremism
  • Opening pathways to policy

Kate’s research explores how identity-based violence and atrocity crimes are understood and can prevented. Her new research is exploring the future of UK foreign policy.

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