Peris Sean Jones

Associate Professor - Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
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Background and Interests

Peris Jones is Associate Professor in the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He has a background in development studies and a PhD in human geography. He has taught, researched and worked on human rights for over fifteen years in the University, applied research institute sector and within NGOs. He is a human geographer who has therefore worked on different aspects of human rights, not least their transformative potential in Southern and Eastern Africa, and Nepal and Western Europe. More recent work seeks to conjoin these interests therefore as geographies of human rights, and the interplay between rights and space, particularly in cities across the global North and South, urbanisation processes and the role of rights, including the Right to the City concept.

Peris was recently awarded the Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist grant award 2016: “Supporting Community Research to Contest the Normalization of Extrajudicial Killings and Everyday Violence in Mathare, Nairobi” (Peris Sean Jones, University of Oslo, and Wangui Kimari, Mathare Social Justice Centre, Nairobi, Kenya).

He was until end of 2016 Associate Research Fellow at the British Institute for Eastern Africa, Nairobi (2013-2016); also previously Senior Advisor at Save the Children Norway; Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research;Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London; Researcher, University of Oslo and, Lecturer, University of Liverpool. He has also held visiting positions at the Centre for the Study of Aids, University of Pretoria, and also the Department of Geography, University of Oslo (Prof. II).

 

Peris is co-coordinator for the Human Rights and Sustainable Development Research Group 

Courses taught

  • HUMR4504 Human Rights in Practice
  • HUMR5702 Human Rights and Development
  • HUMR5141 Human rights in Asia

 

Publications

 

(2018) The Politics of the Capital: Nairobi, in Cheeseman, N., Lynch, G., and Kariuti, K., The Handbook of Kenyan Politics (Oxford University Press).

(2018) Human Rights and Development (Routledge) (With Langford, M.)

(2018) ‘Human Rights’, in the Handbook of African Development (Routledge, forthcoming).

(2017) Class divide still determines Kenya's urban development, The Star (Kenya).

(2017) Who is next? A Participatory Action research Report Against the Normalization of Extrajudicial Executions in Mathare (with Mathare Social Justice Centre, Nairobi, Kenya) s. 46.

(2017) "Security beyond the men: women and everyday security provision in Mathare, Nairobi" (forthcoming, Urban Studies) (With Kimari, W.)

(2017) "Only the people can defend this struggle"': the politics of the everyday, extrajudicial executions and civil society in Mathare, Kenya. Review of African Political Economy (accepted, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2016.1269000) (With Kimari, W. and Ramakrishnan, K.)

(2016) 'The Insecurities of Security Provision in Nairobi’s Margins'. Plural Security Insights.  blog article

(2016) The Hillsborough 96 and the Struggle for Truth and Justice (Oxford Human Rights Hub, http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/the-hillsborough-96-and-the-struggle-for-truth-and-justice/)

(2015)  The Impact of Reporting on the Rights of the Child: Kenya case study (University of Pretoria)

(2014) Review of Independent Medico-Legal Unit (Norad).

(2013) 'What kind of hell is this!' Understanding the Mungiki movement's power of mobilisation. Journal of Eastern African Studies.  ISSN 1753-1055.  7(3), s 371- 388 . doi: 10.1080/17531055.2013.794532 (With E, Hernningsen).

(2013) Evaluation of the Southern and Eastern Africa Regional Centre for Women’s Law (SEARCWL) (Norad)

(2013) Combating violence against women – Comparative evaluation of FOKUS’ projects on VAW 2005–2012. ISBN: 978-82-7071-970-9. 151 s. (With Holm-Hansen, J.)

(2013) Health Rights: Politics, Places and the Need for 'Sites for Rights', in Langford et al, Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa:Symbols or Substance: (Cambridge University Press) pp. 226- 252.(With Chingore, N.)

(2012) Mind the gap: Access to ARV medication, rights and the politics of scale in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  74(1), s 28- 35 . doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.005

(2012) Powering up the people? The politics of indigenous rights implementation: International Labour Organisation Convention 169 and hydroelectric power in Nepal. International Journal of Human Rights.  ISSN 1364-2987.  16(4), s 624- 647 . doi: 10.1080/13642987.2011.627175

(2011). Between Demos and Ethnos: The Nepal Constitution and Indigenous Rights . International Journal on Minority and Group Rights.  ISSN 1385-4879.  18(3), s 369- 386(With Langford, Malcolm).

(2009) Evaluation of the Swedish/Norwegian Regional HIV/AIDS Team for Africa: Final Report. ISBN: 978-91-586-4105-1. 164 s. SIDA (With Hellevik, Siri Bjerkreim; Aasland, A., Aasen, B.).

(2009) AIDS Treatment and Human Rights in Context (Palgrave Macmillan: New York).

(2008) 'Universal Rights', in Robert Potter & Vandana Desai (ed.),  The Companion to Development Studies.  Hodder Education.  ISBN 978-0340889145.  Kapittel.

(2008) Governance Matters for AIDS: but what about the politics? Lessons from South Africa and Uganda, In Maj-Lis Foller & Hakan Thorn (ed.),  The Politics of AIDS: Globalization, The State and Civil Society.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-0230554023.  Kapittel 7. (With K, Koffeld).

(2005) 'A Test of Governance': Rights-based struggles and the politics of HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa�. Political Geography.  ISSN 0962-6298.  24(4), s 419- 447

(2005) "On a never ending waiting list": Towards equitable access to anti-retroviral treatment? Experiences from Zambia. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.  ISSN 1079-0969.  8(2), s 76- 102

 (2005) From democracy deficits to democratising development: The politics of socio-economic rights in South Africa. Economic and Social Rights Review.  ISSN 1684-260X.  6(2), s 2- 5 (With Stokke, Kristian)

(2005) A long way from here to there: Human rights approaches to HIV/AIDS in a local setting. Canadian HIV - AIDS Policy & Law Review.  ISSN 1496-399X.  10(1)(With Zuberi, Farhana) 

(2005) Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa.  Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 9004148213 (With Stokke, K.)

(2005) Introduction - Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights, In Peris Sean Jones & Kristian Stokke (ed.),  Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa.  Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 9004148213.  1.  s 1 - 38

(2004) 'A test of governance': Rights-based struggles and the politics of HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa. Research Notes.  ISSN 1503-1349.  (1)

(2004) Of Gifts and Return Gifts: Beyond the political and practical deficits of donor assistance in an era of Aids. Development Update.  5(3), s 157- 182

(2004) When 'Development' Devastates: Donor Discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development. Third World Quarterly.  ISSN 0143-6597.  25(2), s 385- 404

(2003)  Enhancing Spaces of inclusion? Power, participation in governance and the urban regeneration litany, In Ronaldo Munch (ed.),  Reinventing the City? Liverpool in Comparative Perspective.  Liverpool University Press.  ISBN 0853238073.  chapter 4.  s 80 - 108

(2003) When "development" devastates: Donor Discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development. Research Notes.  ISSN 1503-1349.  (01), s 1- 28

(2003) Urban regeneration's poisoned chalice: Is there an impasse in (community) participation-based policy?. Urban Studies.  ISSN 0042-0980.  40(3), s 581- 601

(2002). Poverty Reduction: What role for the state in today's Globalized Economy?, Francis Wilson, Nazneen Kanji and Einar Braathen (eds), London, Zed Books. IDPR. International Development Planning Review.  ISSN 1474-6743.  24(2)

(2002) The Etiquette of State-Building and Modernisation in Dependent States: Performing Stateness and the normalisation of separate development in South Africa. Geoforum.  ISSN 0016-7185.  33(1), s 25- 40

(2000)The Basic Assumptions as Regards the Nature and Requirements of a Capital City’: Identity, Modernization and Urban Form at Mafikeng’s Margins. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 24.1 March

(1999) ‘To come together for progress’: modernization and nation-building in South Africa’s bantustan periphery. Journal of Southern African Studies 25.4, 579–605.

(1999) 'From nation-hood to regionalism to the North West Province: ‘Baphuthats-wananess’ and the birth of the New South Africa'. African Affairs 98, 509–34
 
 

Project management:

 

2016a. ‘Informing policy on plural security provision in urban contexts:

Comparative insights from Lebanon, Kenya, and Tunisia’: co-ordinator of local field work Nairobi, and peer review (Clingendael, Netherlands).

2016b. Beyond the Men: security (ies) and the daily life of Women and Children in Mathare, Nairobi; research project (BIEA, Nairobi).

2015- to present- Nairobi Becoming: a multi-authored ethnographic portrait of a 21st century African City: co-editor book project (BIEA, Nairobi).

2014a- to present- Silhouette City: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Agency and Moral Economy in the ‘war of Mathare’ (Book project, with support from BIEA).

2014b. Review of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit, Kenya (Norad)

2014c. The Impact of Child Rights Reporting: East Africa Co-ordinator and Kenyan Case Study (University of Pretoria).

2013. Evaluation of the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Woman’s law. (Team leader) (Norad).

2012. Evaluation of Violence Against Women Programme, FOKUS (Team member responsible for study of South Africa, and multi-country desk reviews).

2011. Accommodating, or, Exacerbating Difference? The Politics of implementation of International Labour Organisation Convention 169 and deeper democratisation in Nepal (Team leader, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

2010a. ‘Crisis and Regeneration of the Self: The Mungiki Movement’s Power of Mobilisation’ (with Henningsen, E).

‘Helping or hindering?’: ILO 169 in Nepal’- Indigenous rights in Nepal (Norwegian Ministry Foreign Affairs).

2010b. ‘End of Programme Report: The South Africa Programme’ (Norwegian Centre for Human Rights), December.

2009.‘Evaluation of Swedish-Norwegian African HIV/AIDS Team’ (Sida)- (Team Leader of a multi-country evaluation: including Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania).

2009. ‘The ILO Convention 169- Status and impacts on indigenous peoples in Nepal’ (Norad).

2008. ‘Review of the Centre for Property Rights and Development’ (Norad) (Team leader).

 
  • Jones, Peris Sean; Kimari, Wangui & Ramakrishnan, Kavita (2017). 'Only the people can defend this struggle': the politics of the everyday, extrajudicial executions and civil society in Mathare, Kenya.. Review of African Political Economy.  ISSN 0305-6244.  154(44), s 559- 576 . doi: 10.1080/03056244.2016.1269000 Show summary
  • Henningsen, Erik & Jones, Peris Sean (2013). 'What kind of hell is this!' Understanding the Mungiki movement's power of mobilisation. Journal of Eastern African Studies.  ISSN 1753-1055.  7(3), s 371- 388 . doi: 10.1080/17531055.2013.794532
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2013). Health Rights Politics, Places and the Need for ‘Sites for Rights’, In Malcolm Langford (ed.),  Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 1107021146.  8.  s 226 - 252
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2013). The Dirty Work of Public Health: Politics, Policy, Prejudice, and Human rights in a time of HIV/AIDS, In Raymond A. Smith (ed.),  Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism.  Praeger.  ISBN 9780313399459.  5.  s 91 - 111
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2012). Mind the gap: Access to ARV medication, rights and the politics of scale in South Africa. Social Science and Medicine.  ISSN 0277-9536.  74(1), s 28- 35 . doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.005
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2012). Powering up the people? The politics of indigenous rights implementation: International Labour Organisation Convention 169 and hydroelectric power in Nepal. International Journal of Human Rights.  ISSN 1364-2987.  16(4), s 624- 647 . doi: 10.1080/13642987.2011.627175
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Langford, Malcolm (2011). Between Demos and Ethnos: The Nepal Constitution and Indigenous Rights. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights.  ISSN 1385-4879.  18(3), s 369- 386
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2008). Universal Rights, In Robert Potter & Vandana Desai (ed.),  The Companion to Development Studies.  Hodder Education.  ISBN 978-0340889145.  Kapittel.
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Koffeld, Kjersti (2008). Governance Matters for AIDS: but what about the politics? Lessons from South Africa and Uganda, In Maj-Lis Foller & Hakan Thorn (ed.),  The Politics of AIDS: Globalization, The State and Civil Society.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-0230554023.  Kapittel 7.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). 'A Test of Governance': Rights-based struggles and the politics of HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa�. Political Geography.  ISSN 0962-6298.  24(4), s 419- 447
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). "On a never ending waiting list": Towards equitable access to anti-retroviral treatment? Experiences from Zambia. Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.  ISSN 1079-0969.  8(2), s 76- 102
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Stokke, Kristian (2005). From democracy deficits to democratising development: The politics of socio-economic rights in South Africa. Economic and Social Rights Review.  ISSN 1684-260X.  6(2), s 2- 5
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Zuberi, Farhana (2005). A long way from here to there: Human rights approaches to HIV/AIDS in a local setting. Canadian HIV - AIDS Policy & Law Review.  ISSN 1496-399X.  10(1)
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Stokke, Kristian (2005). Introduction - Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights, In Peris Sean Jones & Kristian Stokke (ed.),  Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa.  Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 9004148213.  1.  s 1 - 38 Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). 'A test of governance': Rights-based struggles and the politics of HIV/AIDS policy in South Africa. Research Notes.  ISSN 1503-1349.  (1)
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). Of Gifts and Return Gifts: Beyond the political and practical deficits of donor assistance in an era of Aids. Development Update.  5(3), s 157- 182 Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). When 'Development' Devastates: Donor Discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development. Third World Quarterly.  ISSN 0143-6597.  25(2), s 385- 404
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Enhancing Spaces of inclusion? Power, participation in governance and the urban regeneration litany, In Ronaldo Munch (ed.),  Reinventing the City? Liverpool in Comparative Perspective.  Liverpool University Press.  ISBN 0853238073.  chapter 4.  s 80 - 108 Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). When "development" devastates: Donor Discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development. Research Notes.  ISSN 1503-1349.  (01), s 1- 28 Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Urban regeneration's poisoned chalice: Is there an impasse in (community) participation-based policy?. Urban Studies.  ISSN 0042-0980.  40(3), s 581- 601 Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2002). Poverty Reduction: What role for the state in today's Globalized Economy?, Francis Wilson, Nazneen Kanji and Einar Braathen (eds), London, Zed Books. IDPR. International Development Planning Review.  ISSN 1474-6743.  24(2)
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2002). The Etiquette of State-Building and Modernisation in Dependent States: Performing Stateness and the normalisation of separate development in South Africa. Geoforum.  ISSN 0016-7185.  33(1), s 25- 40

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  • Jones, Peris Sean (2009). AIDS Treatment and Human Rights in Context. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-0-230-60959-4.  224 s.
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Stokke, Kristian (ed.) (2005). Democratising Development. The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa. Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 9004148213.  300 s. Show summary

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  • Jones, Peris Sean (2017, 27. mai). Class divide still determines Kenya's urban development.  The Star.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2017). Security beyond the men: women and everyday security provision in Mathare, Nairobi.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2017). The Right to Life: Human rights Fact finding and Extra-judicial Executions - evidence form Nairobi. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2017). Who is next? A Participatory Action research Report Against the Normalization of Extrajudicial Executions in Mathare. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2017). Whose Space? conflict over public space and the right to the city.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2015). (2015) The Impact of Reporting on the Rights of the Child: Kenya case study (University of Pretoria).
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2014). (2014) Review of Independent Medico-Legal Unit (Norad)..
  • Holm-Hansen, Jørn & Jones, Peris (2013). Combating violence against women – Comparative evaluation of FOKUS’ projects on VAW 2005–2012. NIBR-rapport. 2. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris; Hellevik, Siri Bjerkreim; Aasland, Aadne & Aasen, Berit (2009). Evaluation of the Swedish/Norwegian Regional HIV/AIDS Team for Africa: Final Report.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2007). Beyond barriers: Access to AIDS medication in Southern Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2007). Getting it, faking it and taking it: Access to AIDS medication in a local South African community.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). HIV/AIDS: Development and Human Rights Discourse concerning treatment.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). HUman Rights and Development: Access to AIDS treatment.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). Human Rights situation in South Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). Still not free to take ARVs. Mail and Guardian newspaper. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2006). The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean & Koffeld, Kjersti (2006). Governance matters for AIDS: but what about the politics? Lessons from South Africa and Uganda.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). Beyond denial": Human rights, political will and the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). What do human rights do for Development?.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). Who will get antiretrovirals in Zambia?.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2005). �Who will get Anti-retroviral medication in Zambia?�.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). Discussant to 4 Papers.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, localized understandings: The Tswelopele Project.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). Introduction to The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa Conference.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in South Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). When Development devastates: Donor discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). When Development devastates: Donor discourses, access to HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa and rethinking the landscape of development.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2004). Who will get Antiretrovirals in Southern Africa? Equity and access to medication for HIV/AIDS.
  • Zuberi, Farhana & Jones, Peris Sean (2004). �HIV/AIDS stigma and human rights: A localised investigation of Hammanskraal communities�. A report of the Tswelopele Research Project of the Centre for the Study of AIDS.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). An extraordinary epidemic: Rethinking Prevention, Care & Treatment in a time of HIV/AIDS.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Civil Society and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Civil Society and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: A commentary [The commentary is incorporated into "Review of Norwegian non-governmental organisations' development co-operation with South African partners", by Knut Nustad et al.].
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Commentary.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003, 22. mai). Feilslått HIV/AIDS-bistand i Afrika.  Universitas.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Human Rights and HIV/AIDS.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). Learning Together. The challenge of applying a human rights approach to education: Lessons and suggestions from Zambia. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2003). 'When Development Devastates'.
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2002). Beyond Development's Divisive Geography: Towards geographies of inclusion/exclusion?. Show summary
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2002). Reinventing the City. Geography Review.  ISSN 0950-7035.  16(2)
  • Jones, Peris Sean (2002). Urban Regeneration: What is it and why has it become so important?. Geography Review.  ISSN 0950-7035.  15(5)

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