Our team


Professor Katherine Brickell

Katherine is Principal Investigator (PI) leading the study and is Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL). For 15 years she has undertaken research in Cambodia on human rights issues from a gendered perspective. Her previous ESRC-DFID project focused on domestic violence law in the country. For more information on this and other work, see her website and follow on Twitter.

Dr Sopheak Chann

Sopheak is researcher on the Blood Bricks team. He is also Lecturer at the Natural Resource Management and Development Department, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and an honorary associate in Geography at the University of Sydney. He has a decade of research experience on land and resource management and has a PhD on the political ecology of Cambodian resource frontiers.

Dr Naomi Graham

Naomi is Project Administrator of the Blood Bricks project at RHUL. Her PhD on women's experiences of domestic violence shelters in Cambodia was successfully defended in 2019.

Dr Laurie Parsons

Laurie is Co-Investigator (Co-I) of the Blood Bricks project at RHUL. Since 2008 he has explored how inequality structures mobility in Cambodia. Laurie has undertaken research on economic development and inequalities for a range of NGOs in Cambodia including Transparency International, Plan International, Save the Children, CARE International, ActionAid, and the IDRC, among others. See here for his publications and further info.

Dr Nithya Natarajan

Nithya is a postdoctoral researcher on the Blood Bricks project. Her PhD thesis examined tobacco farmers and traders in Tamil Nadu, south India. Her work focuses on how agrarian change among tobacco agriculturalists can be understood as a socio-ecological process, and she has also written on issues of global health and tobacco production. 

Mr Thomas Cristofoletti

Thomas is the project's photographer. Based in Phnom Penh, he’s also the co-founder of RUOM, a collective of journalists specializing in social reportage throughout Asia. Especially passionate about climate change, Thomas’ long- term project focuses on the effects of development on the Mekong region.



Academic advisory board

Professor Kevin Bales

Kevin is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham, UK. He was Co-Founder of Free the Slaves in Washington DC, the US sister organization of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights group founded in 1787. 

Dr Priya Deshingkar

Priya is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Global Studies at Sussex University, UK. She is Research Director of the DFID Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium. She writes on precarious occupations and debt-migration.

Professor Ian Cook

Ian is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter. He is best known for his research on commodity geographies and the spoof shopping website followthethings.com which is central to his research and pedagogic practice.

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