Gillian McKay


Prior to starting my PhD, my work experience ranged from supporting marginalised Gypsy Traveller communities to refugees, notably with the British Red Cross and the Grampian Regional Equality Council. In addition to internships in Argentina, Mongolia and Tanzania, I have also worked with the International Organization for Migration and Norwegian Refugee Council in Somalia.

My project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is being undertaken in collaboration with the Aegis Trust which works to prevent mass atrocities globally. 

Current responsibilities 

Recent responsibilities

Research interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary, ranging from psychology to law and politics. The focus of my project is the United Kingdom’s responsibility to prevent mass atrocity crimes.


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