Kristiís research examines the shift towards rights discourse as a tool in health advocacy, focusing on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Ghana, Uganda, Botswana and South Africa, Kristiís thesis project analyses the use and impact of human rights language among 10 African-based civil society groups working on HIV/AIDS.
Kristiís interest in this topic has its roots in two years spent working as a researcher with the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, as well as previous work in the human rights and development sectorís with groups such as Amnesty International (London) and the Asian Institute for Development Communiation (Kuala Lumpur). Kristi has served on the board of local and international development organisations in Canada (World University Service of Canada) and Botswana (Thusano Lefatsheng Trust).
In addition to being a Liu Scholar, Kristi held the Trudeau Scholarship (2007-2011) and was a Canada Graduate Scholar Ė Doctoral (2006-9).
Dissertation: Choosing Rights: The Puzzle of the Rights Frame in HIV Advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Committee: Lisa Sundstrom (Supervisor, Political Science), Richard Price (Political Science), Jerry Spiegel (Population and Public Health)
Selected Presentations and Publications:
- Reasons for Rights: A Qualitative Approach to Rights Use Among HIV Advocacy Groups, 20th Anniversary of the Human Rights Centre Conference, Human Rights Centre, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 June 2011.
- Advocacy in Context: Human Rights and HIV in Settings of Confrontation and Consensus, Canadian Political Science Association Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, 18 May 2011.
- When Who You are Makes Times Hard: Marginalization, Human Rights & NGO Mobilization on Health Issues, American Political Science Association Conference, Hilton Washington, Washington, D.C. 4 September 2010.
- Media & policy: a comparison & examination of media messages & HIV policy in Botswana, Ghana & Uganda, Poster Presentation, XVIII World AIDS Conference, Vienna, Austria, 20 July 2010.
- How Do Rights Become Real: Civil Societyís Role in Actualizing the Right to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Treatment in South Africa, & HIV Status & the Ďparticular social groupí provision of the 1951 Refugee Convention, Poster Presentations, XVII World International AIDS Conference, Mexico City, August 2008.
- Training health practitioners in human rights, ethics & law in the context of pediatric HIV/AIDS care in Botswana. Navario, P., Kenyon, K. & Maxwell, E. Presented by P. Navario, XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, Ontario, August 2006.
- K. Kenyon, Routine Testing for HIV: the View from Botswana. Health & Human Rights: An International Journal. Vol. 8 No. 2 (2005).