Natalia Utesheva

Research project: National and thematic human rights institutions: interaction, mutual impact and collaboration for human rights protection


This research project is aimed to challenge existing approaches to understanding and conceptualising thematic institutions for the protection of human rights, such as national preventive mechanisms, child rights ombudsmen, anti-discriminatory bodies, and their interaction with existing National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) accredited by the Global Alliance of NHRIs. The research project proposes to recognise the complexity of institutional and social relations between NHRIs and their thematic counterparts and to study the internal dynamics of their interrelations within a nation. The research project proposes to answer the following questions:

How is the interaction of the NHRIs and the newly created thematic institution built? What internal motivation underlies this interaction? How does the perception and interpretation by employees of these institutions of the functions, status and mandate of their institution and their counterparts affect the interaction of these institutions? 

The research project envisages the case study in selected nations (Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Poland) where NHRIs coexist with various thematic counterparts. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: National and thematic human rights institutions: interaction, mutual impact and collaboration for human rights protection


A human rights protection specialist with more than 25 years experience, including project management, developing and delivering human rights education, international, regional and national advocacy and implementing complex and sensitive research on human rights issues. Experience gained in collaboration with UNICEF, OHCHR, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the Coordination Council for Human Rights under the Government, the National Center for the Prevention of Torture, the Ombudsman of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Program coordinator, , August 2018 – November 2019, Responsible for the coordination and implementation of the program "Judicial and Social Justice Program" designed to comprehensively address inequality and discrimination issues in Kyrgyzstan. 

Consultant on developing of the e-learning course on human rights for the Ombudsman of the KR, Danish Institute for Human Rights, January-June 2017

Human Rights Consultant for Coordination Council on Human Rights under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Regional Office of OHCHR for Central Asia, August- December 2014

Member of Coordination Council, National Centre of the Kyrgyz Republic for the Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel or Inhuman Treatment or Punishment, 2013 – 2015

Areas of research interest

  • National Human Rights Institutions
  • Human Rights
  • Politics
  • Central Asia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Evolution of Culture


  • Master degree in Human Rights
  • Bachelor Degree in Cultural Studies

Funding or awards received

  • Kingston University Studentship
  • Chevening UK Government Scholarship
  • Award of Kingston University for the best academic performance on the course