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Helena Whall

Research Consultant

Helena Whall

Helena Whall is currently working as a freelance research consultant. She worked in Oxfam's Campaigns and Policy division from 2010 - 2013 as project coordinator of the website and then advocacy officer on the Arms Trade Treaty team. 

Before joining Oxfam, Helena was campaigns manager for the Oxfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, a leading environmental charity. Prior to this she was a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, advising on its work on indigenous and tribal women. During 2001-2004, she led a three year research and advocacy project on indigenous peoples' rights at the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, London.

Helena gained her PhD in International Relations from the University of London in 1999. Her thesis examined the failure of the peace process in Sri Lanka during the mid-1990s. During her doctoral research she spent extensive periods of time in the warzones of the island. Upon completing her PhD, Helena held a post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London.

She began her career as a researcher for the UK-based Tamil Information Centre, an NGO campaigning for the rights of Sri Lanka's Tamils, after gaining an MA in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Helena has authored Getting It Right: The pieces that matter for the Arms Trade Treaty and can be contacted at

All posts by Helena Whall

Getting it right briefing paper jacket

Getting it right: the final push to negotiate a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Advocacy officer Helena Whall on the forthcoming historic opportunity to create a binding robust treaty that will regulate the international trade in arms.  ...