Department of Political Science


Maiyoraa Jeyabraba

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Research Assistant
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Email: uctqm97@ucl.ac.uk

I joined UCL’s Department of Political Science in October 2021, as a Research Assistant working on the ESRC-funded project “Documentation & Denial: The Fight To Expose Mass Atrocities.” 

I’m also a PhD candidate at the University of Essex. My research focuses on democratisation, nonviolent and violent mobilisation, and quantitative methods. I hold an MSc in International Relations from the University of Essex and a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Prior to starting my PhD studies, I worked at Demos, Britain’s leading cross-party think tank. My work involved conducting qualitative and quantitative research shaping British public policy. I’ve worked in the third sector on the Rohingya Crisis conducting research on refugee children. The aim is to regain control of the untold narratives I, and others in the South Asian diaspora, have inherited from our ancestral home, which are all too often restructured through a western lens.


RA work, “Documentation & Denial: The Fight To Expose Mass Atrocities”

The project analyses the micro-dynamics of contestation between victims and perpetrators over evidence of atrocities. We are currently building a global dataset of perpetrator denials from 1989 to present day. This dataset will code for every atrocity that was recognised by international news organisations, and consequently the international community.

PhD Research, Remedy For Decay: How nonviolent mobilisation can undo democratic backsliding.

Recent history has witnessed the destabilisation of autocratic and oppressive regimes via the most unassuming of catalysts: nonviolent resistance (NVR). The project will explore the various spaces of mobilisation through three key objectives: (i) identify pathways by which movements travel across borders; (ii) understand of the effects of the diffusion of NVR strategies on their efficacy; (iii) illustrate how the global reception of movements differs based on pre-existing sociohistorical systems.