Nicola is a human rights and social justice activist with 18 years of professional experience in academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations. She is Project Co-ordinator (Northern Ireland) for Act Now, an independent, people-powered campaigning community who take coordinated action for progressive change across Ireland, as well as an occasional lecturer and consultant. Previously, Nicola worked at the UN High Commission for Refugees in Dublin and as a Postgraduate Researcher at the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies at the University of Westminster, London. Nicola was a founding staff member of Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a Fellow with The Social Change Initiative’s Leadership for Social Justice and Peace in Northern Ireland programme and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics. Nicola holds both an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Dundee and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham.