Rachel Adams (Dr)
Early Career Researcher, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Rachel’s field of interest is in critical transparency studies and human rights. Her Ph.D., entitled ‘The Creation of “A World After its own Image”: A Genealogy of Transparency’ set out a new theory of transparency as a regime of truth and explored its effects within the African region.
Rachel’s background is in human rights, having led the civil and political rights research portfolio at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) from 2014-2016. Her work included preparing the SAHRC’s National Human Rights Institution reports to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the implementation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. She subsequently moved to the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, as a Chief Researcher within the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit.
Rachel has maintained a particular focus on the right of access to information, having held the position of Compliance Officer for the Promotion of Access to Information Act at the SAHRC. As part of her work on access to information, Rachel has worked on freedom of information projects across various jurisdictions, both within the African, American and European regions, for organisations including the Open Government Partnership, Open Society Foundation and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights of the African Union.
Rachel is currently an editor for the South African Journal on Human Rights.