Coram International is made up of a dedicated team of lawyers, socio-legal researchers and project management experts. Our specialist consultants have a wide range of professional backgrounds, bringing diverse expertise and critical skill sets to our projects. Our team has worked across the globe on numerous child rights projects with our consultants having acted as trusted advisors to governments, development agencies, communities and non-government organisations.
The Coram International team also work with a number of associated consultants who are current or former practitioners, and experts in their respective fields. These consultants include judges, prosecutors, social workers, police officers and prison officers.
Coram also has an extensive pool of national consultants around the world that we collaborate with for our projects. These dedicated consultants provide additional in-depth local and regional knowledge to each project we work on.
Mixed Methods Research Specialist
Sophie Hedges is a social researcher with experience of mixed methods research with children across a variety of settings. She has a PhD in Demography, an MSc in Demography and Health, and a BA in Anthropology. Her PhD thesis investigated the trade-offs between school, work and leisure for children in two villages in north-western Tanzania. The project resulted in several peer-reviewed publications on education, child labour, and fostering in Tanzania. During her research Sophie used advanced statistical methods including multi-level regression and time series analysis, as well as qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews and focus groups.
Sophie has also worked at the Department for Education, designing and commissioning research projects, and providing support in translating research and evaluation findings into policy-relevant recommendations. She also completed a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, writing a research briefing for MPs on the effects of parental alcohol misuse on children. Sophie has previously worked in monitoring and evaluation for Camfed International, a charity supporting girls to access education in countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Sophie joined Coram International in July 2019 and specialises in designing and implementing mixed methods research projects.
International Research Assistant
Rosalie holds a first class honours degree in Law with Australian Law from King’s College London, with the third year of her degree spent at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In 2015, she was awarded the TV Edwards Criminal Law prize for achieving the highest mark in the King’s College London criminal law exams. Alongside her studies, Rosalie volunteered as a student mentor at a homework club for refugee and migrant children in London. She also spent time in northern France, helping to organise and distribute donations for asylum seekers and migrants on the outskirts of Calais.
After graduating, Rosalie interned as part of the legal protection team at UNHCR UK where she was responsible for a range of protection related duties and tasks. She undertook independent research into issues relevant to domestic and international asylum legislation, policy and practice, including in particular the situation of asylum seeking victims of trafficking and unaccompanied and separated refugee children in the UK.
Rosalie joined Coram International in August 2019 and supports the work of the Centre as International Research Assistant.
International Research Assistant
Katie holds an honours degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MA. in Human Rights with Distinction from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Scholar. In her final year in Minnesota Katie was awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award and the Diversity Paper of the Year Award for her qualitative research on the impact of Covid-19 on immigrant communities in Minneapolis.
Katie served as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for six years. In 2015, Katie was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and went on to become the charities Chairperson. As a part of this work, Katie was heavily involved in the UK’s 2016 review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and gave evidence in Geneva on behalf of Scottish young people. Katie was also selected to sit on the Scottish Parliament’s Commission on Parliamentary Reform, whose report transformed the workings of the Parliamentary system in Scotland. In recognition of this, Katie has been named the as one of the ’30 under 30’ most inspirational young women in Scotland. After leaving the Youth Parliament Katie has worked for a variety of children’s rights charities. Before joining Coram, Katie worked for Together: The Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights, and undertook independent research for the charities 2019 State of Children’s Rights Report.
Katie joined Coram International in June 2020 and supports Coram’s work as an International Research Assistant.