Bronwen Manby is an independent consultant in the field of human rights, democracy and good governance, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. During her visiting fellowship with the LSE in 2014, she will be focusing on research on comparative nationality law and the right to a nationality, as well as contributing to the work of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights in other ways.
She worked for the Open Society Foundations from 2004 to 2014, where she founded the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP), an initiative to monitor and strengthen compliance with the African Union's commitments on good governance and human rights, and led research on a range of other issues related to the foundations' work in Africa. She was previously the deputy director of the Africa division of Human Rights Watch, where she worked for 11 years, and has also worked for human rights organizations in South Africa.
She has written on a wide range of human rights issues in Africa, especially focusing on South Africa and Nigeria (with particular interest in the oil industry in the Niger Delta), and on continental developments in human rights law. In relation to her current area of research, she is the author of two books on African nationality law released in 2009: Struggles for Citizenship in Africa, published by Zed Books, and Citizenship Law in Africa: A Comparative Study, published by the Open Society Foundations.