Helle Abelvik-Lawson

Postgraduate Research Student
Human Rights Centre
 Helle Abelvik-Lawson



Helle Abelvik-Lawson is a doctoral candidate at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Prior to enrolling on the programme, Helle worked at the University of London's Human Rights Consortium as a project officer, and the environmental NGO Greenpeace as a journalist and online community manager. During this time Helle developed an interest in how large mining and infrastructure projects impact upon the environmental and human rights of indigenous peoples around the world. She also came to understand the severity of the climate crisis and now examines the measures being put in place within public policy and the global markets towards the transition to a global green economy. GTA on ISC modules CS711 Skills for University Studies; CS712 Beyond the BA; CS220 Navigating the Digital World Sustainable development for whose benefit? Brazil's economic power and human rights abuses in the Amazon and Mozambique (2014) The International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 18, 2014 - Issue 7-8, In Protest: 100 Poems for Human Rights (editor)


  • MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights, Institute for Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, St Hilda's College, Oxford University.

Research and professional activities


Indigenous community participation in lithium mining projects in Argentina and Bolivia

Research interests

Indigenous peoples' rights and free prior informed consent (FPIC).

Sustainable development, climate change and human rights

Business and human rights

Sustainability technology

Latin America



Colchester Campus