Core team:

Dr Melanie Klinkner

Dr Melanie Klinkner is the PI for this £1.6 million, 5 year project. She is an international law scholar and, together with Dr Ellie Smith, author of the Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation. She led research and knowledge exchange projects into mass grave and missing persons funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research, International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Global Challenges Research Fund and Leverhulme.

Dr Ian Hanson

Dr Ian Hanson is a Senior Research Fellow to MaGPIE. Lecturing and researching at BU since 2002, he develops scientific processes to investigate atrocity crimes. He has 30 years of field investigation experience, an expert witness and panellist to international and national tribunals. A successful grant writer, he has managed and coordinated programs assisting and advising governments, contributing expert evidence and legislation development to address atrocity crime detection and prevention.

Diego Renato Nunez

Diego is a Data Researcher for MaGPIE. He is a Licentiate in Philosophy and a Data Analyst. He has conducted independent research in the area of Human-Animal Studies, focusing on the coexistence and conflicts between human and non-human species.

Emily Fisher

Emily is the Research Assistant for MaGPIE. She has recently graduated with a first-class distinction from her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Anthropology, and alongside her final year, she assisted and consulted on a government-funded, international research project.

Dr Ellie Smith

Dr Ellie Smith is a Senior Research Fellow to MaGPIE. She is an academic and practitioner with 20 years of experience in international human rights, humanitarian and international criminal law. She has specific expertise in working with atrocity survivors in post-conflict and justice-seeking contexts, on the impacts of trauma on judicial engagement and conflict-related gender violence. Alongside Dr Melanie Klinkner, Dr Ellie Smith is a co-author of the Bournemouth Protocol on Mass Grave Protection and Investigation.

Dr David Biggins

Dr David Biggins is the project manager for MaGPIE. He is a project management researcher academic with an extensive experience of managing projects in the public and private sectors, with an industry track record in the management and successful delivery of IT and business projects. He has a strong interest in data analytics and the analysis, communication and visualisation of that data.

Ellen Donovan

Ellen Donovan is a Data Researcher for MaGPIE. She holds a Masters degree in Social Anthropology, and a BA (Hons) in War Studies, with a focus on interdisciplinary research into state violence. She has conducted independent research with a charity on disability provision, and with a research college on the value of their archives for studying early 20th century pedagogical ideas.

PhD Students:

PhD Student 1

PhD Student 3

PhD Student 2




Dr Amanda Ghaihremani


Alexandra Lily Kather

Dr Jane Henriksen-Bulmer

Dr Jane Henriksen-Bulmer is a Principal Academic in the Computing and Informatics Department, with a specialism in data privacy. Her educational background covers law, business, information technology and privacy, she holds a BSc in Law, an MBA and an MSc in information technology. Her PhD was on privacy risk and organisational decision making. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr Henriksen-Bulmer worked in industry for nearly three decades, with extensive leadership experience, in both the private and public sector.

Steering group:

Professor Roger Brownsword

Roger Brownsword is an expert in law, regulation and technology, biolaw and bioethics, and commercial and contract law. He holds professorial positions in Law at King’s College London, where he was the founding director of the Centre for Technology, Ethics, Law and Society (TELOS), and at Bournemouth University. He is an honorary professor in Law at the University of Sheffield and has been a visiting professor at City University Hong Kong.

In addition to serving as a speciality adviser to parliamentary committees, Roger has been a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2004-2010) and the UK National Screening Committee (2010-2022), chaired the Ethics and Governance Council for UK Biobank (2011-2015), and he has been on working parties in the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society (most recently the Working Party on Machine Learning).

His many books include: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw (co-authored with Deryck Beyleveld); Contract Law: Themes for the Twenty-First Century; Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution; the Oxford Handbook on Law Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Eloise Scotford and Karen Yeung); Law 3.0; and most recently, Technology, Humans and Discontent with Law: The Quest for Better Governance.

Dr Alexa Koenig

Dr. Alexa Koenig is a member of the MaGPIE steering group. She is co-faculty director of the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center; director of the center’s Investigations Program; and a Research Professor at Berkeley Law, where she focuses on the intersection of new and emerging technologies and human rights practice. She co-founded and directs UC Berkeley’s Investigations Lab, and trains journalists and war crimes investigators around the world in digital open source research methods. She has been honored with multiple awards for her work.

Dr Morris Tidball-Binz

Dr Morris Tidball-Binz is a member of the MaGPIE steering group. He was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions on 1st April 2021. He is a medical doctor specialised in forensic science, human rights and humanitarian action. He contributed to the development and worldwide use of forensic science to investigate and document extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, enforced disappearances, torture, and detention conditions, as well as to humanitarian action in armed conflicts and natural catastrophes. Over the past 35 years, he has conducted fact-finding, technical assessments and capacity building missions to over 70 countries in all regions.

Sharon Nakandha

Sharon is a Steering Group Member on the MaGPIE project. She is a human rights practitioner with over 12 years of experience leading and supporting national, regional and global interventions to advance the rule of law and accountability. She is currently the Accountability and Justice Program Manager with Open Society-Africa and a member of the Panel of Experts of the International Commission on Missing Persons. She has previously served as a member of the external team of lawyers representing victims in the Dominic Ongwen trial before the International Criminal Court. Her research interests are on the rights of victims of atrocity crimes and addressing double standards in international law.