Ms Chantal Victoria Bright
PhD Candidate in Geography (Human)
Research entitled “Women, Water Security, and Peace in Liberia: An African Ecofeminist Perspective” Supervised by Dr Alison Browne (Primary), Dr Jonathan Huck and Dr Laura Mcleod .
Research Interests: Water and Sanitation Access, Water and Peace, Women and Water, Gendered Peacebuilding, Feminist Research, Afro-feminism, Fragility and Conflict-affected Situations, Gender-based Violence, Environmental Justice, Liberian Studies, West Africa.
PhD research support in-part by:
- Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship (2022-2023)
- Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Placement Scheme
- Turing Scheme
- John Rylands Research Institute and Library /John W. Kluge Center at The Library of Congress PhD Fellowship
- Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) - Frederick Soddy Postgraduate Award and Frederick Soddy Trust
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’leau by the U.S. State Department and is marketed in French-speaking Africa, Haiti, and distributed to American embassies to support programmes. The sequel, Janjay goes Upriver was released in June 2021 and is contracted to also be translated into French by the U.S. State Department.
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.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Member, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Member, Historical Society of Liberia
Member, Global Water Alliance
Member, American Association of Geographers
Member, Sustainable Consumption Institute
Member, Environmental Peacebuilding Association
Member, Royal African Society
Member, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security
Missing Peace Scholar, The Missing Peace Initiative is a project of The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Women In International Security. It brings together expert scholars to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge and reporting and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence.
Learning and Teaching Centre Researcher, Kingston University
Dec 2020 → …
Research Consultant , Dorcas Inclusive Education
1 Jan 2020 → …
Research Project Manager, Kingston University
1 Jan 2018 → 31 Jul 2021
Project Researcher, King's College London
1 Jul 2016 → 1 Dec 2016
Senior Manager, International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA)
1 Jan 2014 → 31 May 2016
Consultant , American Bar Association-World Justice Project
1 Jan 2008 → 1 Aug 2013
Education / academic qualifications
Master of Arts
(2010 - 2012)
Bachelor of Arts
(2003 - 2007)