Academic expertise in East African and Southern African social and political matters including: refugees; risk on return; document authentication; state sponsored violence; gross violations of human rights perpetrated by state security forces; political violence, torture and sexual violence; opposition politics and election violence; economy; education; criminal justice system; prison conditions; housing and unemployment; health care; mental health services; gender based violence and human trafficking.
Specific areas of study/expertise: Academic expertise in Ugandan, Rwandan and Zimbabwean social and political matters including: refugees; risk on return; document authentication; state sponsored violence; gross violations of human rights perpetrated by state security forces; political violence, torture and sexual violence; opposition politics and election violence; economy; education; criminal justice system; witness protection; prison conditions; housing and employment; availability of health care; health insurance; availability of mental health services; gender based violence; and human trafficking; ethnic group expertise; social group expertise; Rwandan genocide 1994; Matabeleland Massacres, Zimbabwe 1982-1987 (also known as Gukurahundi).
In-country experience: Dr Cameron has undertaken intensive study of Ugandan, Rwandan and Zimbabwean social and political affairs including extended periods of in country fieldwork over the past two decades. In Rwanda, her research includes monitoring/evaluation of the Rwandan Criminal Justice System, the Rwandan Correctional Services, and the Rwandan National Police. She has undertaken rigorous studies within Rwandan prisons including interviews with prisoners convicted of crimes of genocide, and prisoners extradited to Rwanda to face trial on charges of crimes of genocide. She has also undertaken studies with Rwandan survivors of genocide and victims of contemporary state political violence.
Dr Cameron’s in country experience in Zimbabwe includes extensive studies of state political violence in post-independent Zimbabwe with a particular focus on the Matabeleland Massacres of 1982-1987 (Gukurahundi) and electoral violence 1980-2018. Most recent studies include interviewing survivors of Gukurahundi mass rape and torture.
Other relevant experience: Dr Cameron has over thirty years of experience providing evidence in both criminal and civil courts of law in UK and abroad, including providing country expert witness testimony at the Torture Claims Appeal Board, Hong Kong. She is fully conversant with the duties and responsibilities of an expert witness to the court. Her research to date has received regional, national and international media attention. Multiple live television and radio interviews have been undertaken with Sky news; France 24; TVR; South Africa Broadcasting Corporation; Chinese television; Australian television; Euronews; Channel 4; British Forces Radio; Russian Television, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio Scotland. Research has featured in newspaper articles in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.