Centre for Policy Research

The Centre for Policy Research at United Nations University in New York is an independent think tank within the UN system. We combine research excellence with deep knowledge of the multilateral system to generate innovative solutions to current and future global public policy challenges.

Who We Are

James Cockayne


Adam Day

Head of Programmes

Christina McElwaine

Chief Operations Officer

Rebecca Brubaker

Senior Policy Adviser

Alexandra Cerquone

Events Manager

Emily Cholette

Communications, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning Officer

Anthony Dursi

Communications Manager

Otilia Enica

Research Assistant

Richard Gowan

Senior Fellow

Kelly Gleason

Data Science Lead

Martin Kinuthia

Finance & Administrative Officer

Siobhan O’Neil

Project Lead, Children & Extreme Violence

Julie Oppermann

Adviser to the Director

Eleonore Pauwels

Research Fellow on Emerging Cybertechnologies

Cale Salih

Research Officer

Maria Savel


 Postdoctoral Fellows

Ali Al Tuma

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow

Dahlia Simangan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow