Dr Abigail Dymond

Biography

Prior to entering academia in 2013, I gained over eight years experience working for, and with, a range of human rights and international development NGOs. As Research Associate at the Omega Research Foundation I led on a three year, EU funded, multi-stakeholder project assessing and developing good practice in the use of less lethal weapons--including electric-shock weapons--in law enforcement and corrections.  

Before this, I was Campaigns Officer for the social enterprise the Big Life Company, working on issues around homelessness, housing insecurity and social exclusion, and Policy Analyst with the international development NGO the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund.  In this latter role, I worked with local partners to conduct primary research into, and engage in advocacy work on, various development issues in sub-saharan Africa.  This included research into copper-mining on the Zambian copper-belt, and on sexual and gender based violence in DR Congo.

I place a high emphasis on volunteering and community work, and have undertaken voluntary work with a range of organisations, including The Big Issue in the North (where I set up and ran service user forums), Manchester Rape Crisis (as a helpline volunteer) and Victim Support (where I specialised in providing emotional and practical support to victims of domestic violence and violent crime).