The Platform Team
Ambitious and determined
Meet our team of highly dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled senior managers and editorial students, from the University of Guelph in Canada and the UNSA Vienna. Together, they research and upload selected contents on our relaunched platform, under the leadership of Myrna Dawson, from UoG's Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence. Without them, the entire project would not be possible!
Haleakala Angus, Project Content Leader
Haleakala is a M.A. student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program at the University of Guelph, where she also completed her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Haleakala is currently working on a major research paper for her Master's degree which looks at race and the criminal justice system. Specifically, she is interested in how drug legislation has disproportionately affected minority populations. Throughout her studies, Haleakala has also become interested in the issue of violence against women and is currently volunteering for the FWP and the Women's Centre of Halton.
Ciara Boyd, Project Team Leader
Ciara is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on understanding different types of gender-based violence, with a concentration on mass killings and familicides. With Dr. Myrna Dawson as her supervisor, Ciara’s M.A. thesis used a gendered theoretical framework to compare the characteristics of domestic and non-domestic mass killings in Ontario, Canada, a project she is expanding nationally in her PhD research. Ciara also works on various research projects at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence, including the #CallItFemicide reports.
Myrna Dawson, Senior Advisor and Project Lead
Myrna is a Professor of Sociology and Research Leadership Chair, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada. She is the Founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (www.violenceresearch.ca) and the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice & Accountability (www.femicideincanada.ca). A former Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice (2008-2018), Dawson has spent more than two decades researching social and legal responses to violence with emphasis on violence against women, children, femicide and filicide. Learn more about Myrna...
Sebastian Delius, Digital Strategist and IT Developer
Sebastian has been working as a data architect, consultant and software developer since 2006. He founded his own company enlightenment* in 2015 and has worked closely with Henrike ever since. With a background in the humanities and social science, his special interests are data infrastructure, data analysis, statistical analysis, and data visualization. He has worked for several ministries in Germany and Europe as well as think tanks, academic institutions, and businesses. In his understanding, translating scientific and practice-oriented problems into the digital language is at the core of his work.
Henrike Landré, Co-Founder and Digital Project Leader
Henrike has been working as a consultant in the U.S. and Europe since 1999. Running her own business Coconets since 2007, she has conceptualized and realized over 20 knowledge hubs for academia, businesses, think tanks, NGOs, international organizations – many of which in cooperation with Sebastian. She specializes on digital innovation techniques such as curation, contextualization, visualization, and communication. With a Ph.D. in political science, she has an encompassing expertise of global, UN-focused issues. She founded the UN Studies Association 15 years ago and the Femicide Watch Platform in 2017.
Abigail Mitchell, Communication Manager
Abigail is a graduate student at the University of Guelph completing her Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy. She has a BSc in Forensic Science, and her current research is on forensic pathologists' decision-making processes in cases of sexual femicide. Outside of volunteering with the FWP, Abigail serves as a student representative on her university's Sexual Violence Advisory Committee for Students and is working as a research assistant for the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence.
Andie Rexdiemer, Quality Manager
Andie is an M.A. student in the Dept. of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. Reflective of her passion for social justice and identity politics, her research explores incel-motivated femicide in Canada and gender-based online abuse. She completed her Honours B.A. in Global Development at Queen's University, with a focus on gender roles within the neoliberal political economy and Indigenous rights. As a former Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Task Force member, she advocated for safer campuses for survivors of sexual assault and guided trauma-informed policy amendments.
Angelika Zecha, Platform / Digital Manager
Angelika is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Waterloo. Angelika also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph. Her research examined the role of firearms in Canadian homicides, with a focus on the contexts of rural intimate partner homicides. She works at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence on initiatives relating to femicide and domestic homicide, including the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.
Former Team Members (Year 1)
Saide Mobayed, Co-Founder and Former Project Lead
Saide is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge where she works with the intersections between violence against women and girls, globalisation, and digital technologies. Her PhD dissertation looks into how feminicide is globally counted and locally contested by zooming-in on practices of data collection and data activism in Mexico. Saide holds an interdisciplinary Erasmus Mundus M.A. in Global Studies from the University of Leipzig and the University of Vienna and a B.A. in Communication Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Learn more about Saide...
Jasmine Sanfilippo, Former Student Editor
Jasmine completed her B.A. honours degree from the University of Guelph with a major in Psychology. Under the supervision of Dr. Myrna Dawson, her research was focused on coding sex and gender related motives and indicators (SGRMIs) from media and court documents related to the killings of women and girls in Canada, in hopes to identify any that align with the parameters of femicide. She is also currently volunteering with the FWP to provide updated and relevant content to help educate on the topic of femicide.
Helen Hemblade, Former Project Lead
Helen has a decade of multi-sector experience in communications, writing and publishing. She is currently based at the UN in Vienna and is studying for a master's degree in Social Policy and Public Policy at the University of York, UK, where she focuses on comparative welfare regime analysis in the context of male-perpetrated intimate partner femicide. She has a B.A. in French Linguistics and Cultural Studies from the University of London's Institute in Paris. As part of ACUNS and UNSA Vienna, she has coordinated the FEMICIDE volumes since 2017.