Morten Koch Andersen is a senior advisor and researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) in Lund. He holds a PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University in Denmark. His research areas are in the fields of human rights documentation, rule of law practices, corruption, torture and violence, impunity and discretion, policing practices, violent youth mobilization and unequal citizenship, mainly in South Asia.
He has acted as principal investigator and co-principal investigator and researcher on several research projects funded by the state funded research councils, private foundations and the European union, on the topics of violent mobilization, human rights and corruption.
Moreover, he has several years of experience as programme manager of development cooperation in relation to prevention of torture and rehabilitation of survivors – during and after violent conflict and in places of detention (remand and prisons) – including institutional and legal reform, establishments of support systems, education of health based professionals and volunteers, and education of prison and police authorities. He has developed and managed partnerships in Europe, North, South and West Africa.
During his career, Morten Koch Andersen has held the position guest researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, senior researcher at the Danish Institute Against Torture and the Center for Global Criminology at the department of Anthropology at University of Copenhagen and has lectured in international development studies at Roskilde University. He closely collaborates with the UNODC and the International Anti-Corruption Academy on the development of educational material on the nexus between human rights and corruption.
He is the co-founder of the Anthropologies of States Network and co-founder of the network of corruption researchers in Denmark. His work has appeared in international journals, such as South Asia: Journal of South Asia, Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Human Rights Quarterly, Torture, as well as, in several chapters of co-authored books, policy papers and op-eds. He also has developed web-based educational material on corruption and human rights for high schools.
He has reviewed for Journal of Human Rights, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Contemporary South Asia, Development and Change, Focaal, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Asian Politics & Policy, The Oñati Socio-Legal Series.