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Dr Sharath Srinivasan

Dr Sharath Srinivasan


University Teaching Officer

Director, Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR)



Sharath Srinivasan directs the University of Cambridge's Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR). He is also David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Initially trained in law in Australia, where he majored in human rights and public international law at the University of New South Wales, Dr Srinivasan completed his MPhil and DPhil in Development Studies at Oxford University. At Oxford, he was a Chevening, ORS, Clarendon and ORISHA scholar and his research was supported by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Norway).

CGHR is multi-disciplinary and outward looking, with the explicit goal of influencing policy and practice through innovative and critically constructive research. To this end, Sharath draws on a diverse professional background coordinating field programmes in Sudan and managing post-conflict technical support at headquarters for the International Rescue Committee, advising various donor governments and implementing agencies on conflict and transitional programmes, and as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Research Interests

Dr Srinivasan’s current research follows two core themes: the politics and ethics of external intervention in civil conflicts; the role of new information and communication technologies in political change. The former theme focuses especially on his extensive research in Sudan and South Sudan over a decade. On the latter theme, focused on sub-Saharan Africa more broadly, Dr Srinivasan leads a team of researchers at CGHR and collaborates with a range of international practitioners and academics.

He is Principal Investigator on three current research projects:

Politics and Interactive Media in Africa (PiMA)

New communications technologies and citizen-led governance in Africa

Africa’s Voices – applied public opinion research pilot using interactive radio


Dr Srinivasan’s research has received funding from:

The David and Elaine Potter Trust

The Cairns Charitable Trust

The Isaac Newton Trust

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

UK Department for International Development (DFID)


Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund


Dr Srinivasan actively collaborates with researchers in Africa, including Professor Christof Heyns (University of Pretoria; UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Summary Executions) and Professor Winnie Mitullah (Director, Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi).


Supervision Interests

Sharath encourages postdoctoral student applications in core research areas of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, with particular interest in: the implications of Africa’s digital revolution for politics and development; the politics of international intervention in Africa (human rights, humanitarian/development, peace and security); critical and empirical studies of political violence and armed conflict in the Horn and East Africa; the politics of Sudan and South Sudan.


Sharath teaches on African politics, and aspects of ethics and world politics, especially peacemaking, peacebuilding, governance, human rights and humanitarian intervention.

Key Publications