Gillian McKay


My academic background is largely interdisciplinary; having read philosophy and psychology at undergraduate, and human rights law at postgraduate levels. Following the latter, I gained invaluable insight and experience working in the humanitarian sector – both in the UK and overseas – before starting my PhD here in Leeds. 

Research interests

I am predominantly interested in strengthening the UK’s commitment to the prevention of mass atrocities, but also in the implementation of R2P more generally and bottom-up approaches to peacebuilding. 


  • MA (Hons) Philosophy-Psychology
  • LLM Human Rights Law
  • MA Social Research