Dr Thomas Pegram
Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute and Lecturer in Global Governance
- Name: Dr Thomas Pegram
- Position: Deputy Director of GGI and Lecturer in Global Governance
- Room: 4.02, 31 Tavistock Sq.
- Telephone:020 3108 9291
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Tom Pegram is Lecturer in Global Governance and the Deputy Director of the Global Governance Institute (GGI). Prior to joining UCL in September 2013, he was Assistant Professor in Political Science (International Relations) at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Policy Institute. Tom has held research fellowships at New York University and Harvard University Law Schools and holds a DPhil in Politics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Tom’s research interests include global governance, international organisations, human rights and the transgovernmental politics of domestic compliance.
He has particular expertise in the study of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and is the co-editor with Ryan Goodman of the book ‘Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Together with colleagues across UCL and beyond, Tom contributes to the UCL Global Governance Institute’s research agenda on global governance which seeks to integrate insights across an theoretically and empirically-rich second generation of scholarship to ground a powerful third generation of global governance scholarship, distinguished by a concern for the complexity and dynamism of global public policy-making and delivery in the 21st century.
Tom’s research has featured in the journals European Journal of International Relations, Governance, Millennium, Oxford Development Studies, Human Rights Quarterly and the Journal of Latin American Studies and he currently serves on the editorial board of Global Governance.
Tom also has extensive practical experience working policy-makers and practitioners at the local and international level, including the UN OHCHR, Amnesty International and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.
He is the author of various book chapters, policy intervention reports, and his articles have appeared in The Guardian and The Irish Times.
- Ryan Goodman & Thomas Pegram (eds.) Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- David Coen and Tom Pegram, ‘Wanted: A Third Generation of Global Governance Research,’ Governance, published online: August 2015.
- Tom Pegram, ‘Global Human Rights Governance and Orchestration: National Human Rights Institutions as Intermediaries,’ European Journal of International Relations, vol. 21, no. 3, August 2015, pp. 1-26.
- Jeff Waage, Christopher Yap, Sarah Bell, Caren Levy, Georgina Mace, Tom Pegram et al., ‘Governing the UN Sustainable Development Goals: interactions, infrastructures, and institutions,’ The Lancet Global Health, vol. 3, no. 5, April 2015, pp. 251-252.
- Tom Pegram, ‘Governing Relationships: The New Architecture in Global Human Rights Governance,’ Millennium, vol. 43, no. 2, January 2015, pp. 618-639.
- Michele Acuto and Tom Pegram, ‘Introduction: Global Governance and the Theoretical Interregnum,’ Millennium, vol. 43, no. 2, January 2015, pp. 584-597.
- Thomas Pegram, ‘Weak institutions, rights claims and pathways to compliance: the transformative role of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman,’ Oxford Development Studies, vol. 39, No. 2, June 2011, 229-250.
- Thomas Pegram, ‘Diffusion across political systems: the global spread of national human rights institutions,’ Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 32, No. 3, August 2010, pp. 729-760.
- Thomas Pegram, ‘Accountability in hostile times: the case of the Peruvian Human Rights Ombudsman 1996-2001,’ Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, February 2008, pp. 51-82.
- Niheer Dasandi, David Hudson and Tom Pegram, ‘Post-2015 Development Agenda Setting in Focus: Governance and Institutions,’ In J. Waage and C. Yap, Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development (London: Ubiquity Press, 2015).
- Thomas Pegram, ‘National human rights institutions and their potential role in prevention and response to mass atrocities in Latin America,’ in Monica Serrano (ed.), Responsibility to Protect in Latin America (Routledge Press, in press forthcoming 2015)
- Thomas Pegram, ‘The Bolivian Human Rights Ombudsman and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,’ in Eva Brems et al. (eds.) The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in the Protection of Economic and Social Rights (Intersentia, in press forthcoming 2015)
- Thomas Pegram, ‘National human rights institutions in Latin America: Politics and institutionalization,’ in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds.), Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change: Assessing National Human Rights Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
- Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram, ‘Introduction: National human rights institutions, State Conformity, and Social Change,’ in Ryan Goodman and Thomas Pegram (eds.), Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- Thomas Pegram, ‘La Defensoría de los Habitantes de Costa Rica: ¿un puente entre el estado y la sociedad?’ Revista Perfiles Latinoamericanos-FLACSO (Mexico: FLACO, 2012)
- Thomas Pegram, ‘Bridging the Gap: The Defensoría, Informal Institutions and the ‘Accountability Gap’ in Peruvian Politics,’ in John Crabtree (ed.), Peruvian Democracy: Old Problems, New Challenges (Institute for the Study of the Americas, May 2011).
Selected works in progress
- Tom Pegram, ‘Principled Agents: Human Rights and Regulatory Politics in Latin America.’ manuscript under review
- Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘The Language of Compromise in International Agreements,’ conditional acceptance (July 2015)
- Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘Architects of Their Own Making: National Human Rights Institutions and the United Nations,’ conditional acceptance (August 2015)
- Katerina Linos and Tom Pegram, ‘Interrogating Form and Function: Designing Effective National Human Rights Institutions,’ in preparation for submission
- Par Engstrom & Thomas Pegram, ‘Bridging the Gap: National Human Rights Institutions and Torture Prevention in Latin America,’ in preparation for submission
- Claire Methven O’Brien and Tom Pegram, ‘The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in securing remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses,’ in preparation for submission.
Selected policy contributions
- Thomas Pegram and Sarah Hawkes, ‘Lifestyle diseases make global health promotion more difficult than ever,’ The Conversation, 18 June 2014
- Thomas Pegram and Rory Sullivan, ‘Why the moral case for the living wage is not enough,’ The Guardian, Tuesday 29 April 2014
- Thomas Pegram, ‘Concern grows over human rights policing vacuum as merger crawls to conclusion,’ The Irish Times, Monday 8 April 2013
- Thomas Pegram, ‘The equality commission deserves our support,’ The Guardian, Thursday 6 October 2011
- Does Torture Prevention Work? Case Studies on Chile and Peru, Commissioned and supported by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (March 2014) (with Dr. Par Engstrom, UCL)
- How must the global health and AIDS architecture be modernised to achieve sustainable global health? Consultation report for UNAIDS and Lancet Commission third Working Group on Defeating AIDS (with Dr. Sarah Hawkes, UCL), 2 December 2013
- Report commissioned on the merger of the Irish Human Rights Commission and Equality Authority as part of a pan-European study coordinated by University College London, funded by the Nuffield Foundation (February 2013)
- National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Torture Prevention in Latin America, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Human Rights and Democracy Programme Fund (October 2011) (with Dr. Par Engstrom, UCL)
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain: Challenges and Opportunities, research project supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Human Rights Consortium, University of London (June 2011)
Teaching and supervision
Tom teaches the core module Global Governance on the MSc in Global Governance and Ethics (PUBLG114). He also co-teaches with Dr Tom Dabbenbaum on the module International Human Rights Standards and Institutions (PUBLG063).
He welcomes applications to supervise PhD students in any area of his research expertise. Any prospective research student is welcome to email him with a short research proposal and a CV.
He currently supervises one doctoral student as second supervisor:
- Guillermo Jimenez (commenced Oct 2013) – Guillermo is examining non-judicial institutions of administrative justice with particular interest in the Latin American democratization context.