Marta Welander is a PhD candidate and visiting lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Westminster, where she researches European border violence in the context of the contemporary 'refugee crisis'. Marta is moreover the executive director of the non-governmental human rights organisation Refugee Rights Europe. Under her leadership, the organisation has conducted extensive field research in refugee camps and settlements across Europe, interviewing and surveying more than 4,000 refugees and displaced people since February 2016. Marta holds an MA in Human Rights & Democratic Governance from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC), and an MA in International Relations from King’s College London. Prior to that, she obtained a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Arabic from the University of Westminster.
Marta Welander has ample media and public speaking experience, including live televised interviews on BBC and Al-Araby, as well as live radio interviews with the BBC World Service. She has appeared on expert panels in the European Parliament, and at many conferences and universities across Europe. Moreover, a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, she has ample experience speaking in front of vast lecture and seminar audiences. In 2017, she completed her first TEDx talk.