EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER
B.A. (Royal Holloway, University of London), MPhil, Ph. D. (University of Cape Town)
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 is currently engaged in drafting a research monograph, currently entitled Transparency, Biopolitics and the Eschaton of Whiteness. The book explores how the global concept of transparency partakes in and reproduces the mythologisation of whiteness.
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.
Eliza Boudier is the main contact for Rachel. Eliza’s details are as follows,
Tel: +0207 862 5849
Peer reviewed publications:
R. Adams and F. Mahomed (2018) ‘A Gendered Analysis of Policy Developments in South Africa: Towards a Re-evaluation of Substantive Gender Equality’, HSCR Policy Brief Series 2018.
R. Adams (2017) ‘Book Review: Gender, Nutrition, and the Human Right to Adequate Food: Toward an Inclusive Framework, Edited by Anne C. Bellow, Flavio L. S. Valente, Stefanie Lemke, and María Núñez Burbano de Lara, Routledge 2016’ South African Journal of Human Rights Vol 32, 3, 581-585.
R. Adams and F. Adeleke (2016) ‘Assessing the Potential Role of Open Data in South African Environmental Management’ African Journal of Information and Communication Issue 19, 79-99.
T. Masilela, R.Adams and S. Rule, ‘Distance, Capabilities and Social Value in Migration’ in State of the Nation 2017. HSRC Press. (Forthcoming 2018).
R. Adams, ‘Localising the Right of Access to Information in Africa’ in Ruffling Feathers: A Review of Access to Information in Africa (edited by Colin Darch and Fatima Diallo). Juta Law. (Forthcoming 2018).
R. Adams, ‘The Role of the South African Human Rights Commission in Ensuring State Accountability to the Poor’, in Poverty and Human Rights in Africa. University of Pretoria Law Press. (Forthcoming 2018).
R. Adams and F. Adeleke, ‘Media and the Right of Access to Information in Africa’, book chapter for book publication of the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. (Forthcoming 2018).
R. Adams, K. Yu and C. Darch, ‘Taking back control through openness and inclusivity? The case of Internet Governance in South Africa’ chapter in Internet Governance in the Global South. University of São Paulo Press. (Forthcoming 2018).
R. Adams, F. Adeleke, and K. Stone. (2018) ‘Optimising Benefit in South Africa’s Mining Industry’ In Good Company? Conversations around Transparency and Accountability in South Africa’s Extractive Sector, 3rd Edition, Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
R. Adams (November 2017) ‘Michel Foucault, Key Concepts: Discourse’, Critical Legal Thinking, available at http://criticallegalthinking.com/2017/11/17/michel-foucault-discourse/.
R. Adams (November 2017) ‘Michel Foucault, Key Concepts: Archaeology’, Critical Legal Thinking, available at: http://criticallegalthinking.com/2017/11/16/michel-foucault-archaeology/.
R. Adams (May 2017) ‘Michel Foucault, Key Concepts: Biopower and Biopolitics’, Critical Legal Thinking, available at: http://criticallegalthinking.com/2017/05/10/michel-foucault-biopolitics-biopower/.
R. Ward Adams (2016) ‘Do not quash protest action! Creating spaces for active citizenry’, InSession Volume 16, No. 3.
R. Ward Adams (February 2015) ‘Freedom of Expression: Human Rights in Crisis?’, The Post, KZN.
R. Ward and F. Adeleke (2015) ‘Who’s Afraid of Transparency’, In Good Company? Conversations around Transparency and Accountability in South Africa’s Extractive Sector, Open Society Foundation for South Africa, available at http://osf.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/OSF-Mining-In-Good-Company-web-FINAL_3-Nov-2015.pdf.
R. Ward and F. Adeleke (2015) ‘The Interrelation of Human Rights Norms and the Right of Access to Information’, ESR Review Volume 16, No. 3.
Submissions to Parliament (South Africa):
South African Human Rights Commission, Submission on the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill, 2015.
South African Human Rights Commission, Submission on the Protected Disclosures Act Amendment Bill, 2014.
South African Human Rights Commission, Submission on the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill, 2013.