Ms Chantal Victoria Bright

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PhD Researcher in Geography (Human)

Research entitled “Water Security and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Liberia” co-supervised by Dr Alison Browne and Dr Jonathan Huck. 

Research Interests: Water and Sanitation Access, Water and Peace, Liberia, Eco-Feminism, Fragile Context, Environmental Justice, and Liberia.


Chantal Victoria Bright is a first-generation Liberian-American. Due to the civil wars in Liberia, her family sought refuge in the United States where she grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has seven years experience working in rule of law in Washington, DC. In 2013, she moved to London where she has worked in legal services and academia as a researcher. In 2017, she published the children’s book Janjay--on clean water sanitation set in Liberia, which captured the attention of the U.S. State Department-Africa Regional Services Nouveaux Horizons. Janjay has since been translated to French, Janjay, La petite porteuse d’eau by the U.S. State Department and is marketed in French-speaking Africa, Haiti, and distributed to American embassies to support programmes.

Chantal holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science (dual course) from Seton Hall University. 


Further information

Chantal is a Widening Participation Fellow 2020-21 at Manchester. WP Fellows develop and deliver activities to inspire and engage school and college students from across Greater Manchester. She is also a Teacher Assistant for the module, " the Decolonising Geographies and an opportunity to present your research in Doing Environmental Research" for semester 2.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Master of Arts (2010 - 2012)
  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts (2003 - 2007)