The Department of Human Rights and Diplomacy at the University of Stirling, in partnership with the REVIVE Campaign are undertaking a 12 month research project into the Politics of Victim Assistance in Mine Action.


The project was prompted by an inquiry in 2019 by REVIVE staff on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats into the impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Through this inquiry it became clear that despite victim assistance being one of the five United Nations pillars of mine action, it was receiving far less funding and attention from donor nations than Clearance, Mine Risk Education or Stockpile Destruction.


Founding Director of REVIVE, Nigel Ellway says “Each of the five pillars of mine action are important in their own way, but why are the people whose lives have been shattered by explosive violence so often over-looked and forgotten?


“We hope that this research will produce some answers that we can use in our advocacy to the international community and Her Majesty’s Government.”


REVIVE’s Chairman, Prof Roger Mullin comments “I am delighted to have been able to negotiate this partnership project between the University and REVIVE. This is an excellent example of how an academic institution and global advocacy group can work together on a vital humanitarian issue. I am looking forward to working with our two students Zoe Clack and Ikenna Ugwu as they delve into this important subject.”


Course leader at Stirling University, Rowan Cruft added, “This project is undertaken as part of the MSc programme in Human Rights and Diplomacy at the University of Stirling run in partnership with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It will investigate what forms and levels of victim assistance are being delivered to victims of explosive violence in relevant countries.”


The REVIVE Campaign is an advocacy body with not for profit status.

Our mission is to promote at international government level the pressing need to reduce the level of explosive violence against innocent civilians, to push for effective policy, and encourage long-term support for victims.

Four countries are being used as case studies for the research: Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Uganda.


Notes for Editors

For more information on REVIVE contact

Nigel Ellway

=44 (0) 7586 329335


For more information on the University of Stirling contact

Sarah Manning

Communications Officer

+44 (0)1786 466 436