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Ryan Higgitt

Former Intern (Research)

Ryan Higgitt worked at UNRISD from September 2013 to January 2014. He assisted Magdalena Sepulveda, an UNRISD Visiting Research Fellow and the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, on the project Linking Social Protection and Human Rights.

When he was at UNRISD, Ryan Higgitt was a PhD candidate at Queen's University, Canada. Ryan's research interests are in human rights; particularly in terms of how the nature of institutional power allows a certain segment of the population to accumulate wealth via the unpaid labour of others. He is also interested in the world’s emerging youth suicide crisis, and how slavery is grounded in prevailing scientific-legal conceptions of what is "human" and what is "sub-human" or "animal".

Relevant Publications
  • Soares, F., R. Lal, and R. Higgitt (eds.). 2013. Recent Developments in the Role and Design of Social Protection Programmes. Poverty in Focus (no.25). IPC-IG, United Nations Development Programme.
  • Higgitt, R. 2013. "South-South Cooperation and Inclusive Growth". One Pager (no.213). International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Higgitt, R., and M. Islam. 2013. "Colonialism, Casteism and Development: South-South Cooperation as a New Development Paradigm". Working Paper (no.112). IPC-IG, United Nations Development Programme.
  • Higgitt, R. 2012. "Canada and the OAS: The First Twenty Years". Queen's International Observer. 4(8):12-15.
  • Higgitt, R. 2011. “Habermas’ Communicative Rationality and Connectionist AI". Culture, Theory & Critique. 52(1):101-118.
  • Higgitt, R. 2011. “Women’s Leadership as a Poverty Reduction Strategy: Lessons from Bangladesh.” Journal of South Asian Development. 6(1):93-119.
  • Higgitt, R. 2007. “Le sexe et le comportement suicidaire : Une revue de travail de Sylvia Sara Canetto". Recherches Sociographiques. 48(3):184-188.