Simon Robins is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in transitional justice, humanitarian protection and human rights. In particular, he has explored participatory approaches to addressing the legacies of rights violations after conflict. The issue of persons disappeared and missing in armed conflict remains a focus of his work, and he has completed a PhD at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York in the UK, on the issue and critiquing current practice in transitional justice, and recently published a book on this work (Families of the Missing: A Test for Contemporary Approaches to Transitional Justice).
He has consulted for a range of international agencies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Save the Children UK, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, Avocats sans Frontières and the Institute for Security Studies, among others. He has also worked with the ICRC in Geneva as Advisor on missing persons and their families, and as a delegate in the field in Timor-Leste, Uganda and Nepal. He is the founder of a blog on the issue of missing persons: www.missingblog.net