Ms Chantal Victoria Bright

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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:

  1. Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship (2022-2023)
  2. Northwest Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Placement Scheme
  3. Turing Scheme
  4. John Rylands Research Institute and Library /John W. Kluge Center at The Library of Congress PhD Fellowship
  5. 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.

External positions

Learning and Teaching Centre Researcher, Kingston University

Dec 2020 → …

Research Consultant , Dorcas Inclusive Education

1 Jan 2020 → …

Research Project Manager, Kingston University

1 Jan 201831 Jul 2021

Project Researcher, King's College London

1 Jul 20161 Dec 2016

Senior Manager, International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA)

1 Jan 201431 May 2016

Consultant , American Bar Association-World Justice Project

1 Jan 20081 Aug 2013

Education / academic qualifications

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

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