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Simon Cosgrove

Program Officer

Simon Cosgrove is Program Officer for human rights grantmaking in the Russian Federation - a position that he previously held from 2003-2009.

Prior to rejoining the Foundation in January 2012, he set up Rights in Russia, a UK-based charity that publicizes the views of Russia’s human rights community. He also worked in 2009 as a researcher on Russia for Amnesty International. Until 2003, he was for five years team leader for the European Commission's human rights grantmaking program for Russia, the Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. Simon’s recent publications include "Twenty Years Later, Russians Rights are Still Imperilled," Current History, October 2011; "Optimism of the Will: Defending Human Rights in Russia," Open Democracy, December, 2010; and Russian Nationalism and the Politics of Soviet Literature (Palgrave, Basingstoke & New York, 2004).

Simon has degrees from the University of Leeds, the LSE, University of London Institute of Education, University College London (School of Slavonic and East European Studies), and the Open University. Earlier in his career Simon worked as a high school teacher in London, and taught in a rural secondary school in Zimbabwe.

Simon Cosgrove works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Human Rights & International Justice