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Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly is a lecturer in human rights, based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York.

Her research is on cultural politics, human rights and social justice – looking at how inventive storytelling and other familiar cultural practices can help activists reimagine justice and negotiate citizenship. Since 2016 she has been working with artists and activists from Bangladesh and Uganda to explore the links between visual and performance art, activism, and the political imagination. She has also supported programmes of peer-learning for human rights leaders and activists at risk, at York and at Oxford.

Before taking up her post at York, Ruth held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford, based at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and a lectureship at the University of Durham, based in the School of Government and International Affairs. She has previously worked with ActionAid, Oxfam, UNDP and the European Commission, and held a fellowship at Yale University.

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Ruth Kelly are listed below:

Researching like an Artist: Disrupting Participatory Arts-Based Methods in Uganda and BangladeshThis is an Accepted Manuscript version of chapter 13 of the book 'Participatory Arts in International Development' published by Routledge/CRC Press on 29 August 2019. The final version of each …Emilie Flower, Ruth Kelly, , uganda locationarticle language-english subject-participatory-arts
WPS3 Kelly and Flower"Arts-based research practices and alternatives: Reflections on workshops in Uganda and Bangladesh" by Ruth Kelly and Emilie Flower. In July 2017, two groups of academics, artists and activists held research …Emilie Flower, Ruth Kelly, , , , , , bangladesh event uganda locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions subject-participatory-arts subject-reflections