Mel is a Dr of International Law who specialises in genocide studies. She has spent a lot of time in the field visiting significant sites of conflict and war museums, as well as interviewing survivors and their families.
But as you can imagine, the subject matter takes its toll. Listening to the horrifying things people do to each other, as well as the isolation of long solo trips to places like Armenia, Bosnia and Cambodia have proven challenging.
Listen to Mel talk about the support networks that make it possible to keep going with the work, the passion that fuels her research and the book she is working on that seeks to reveal the patterns of behaviour that have preceded every genocide event ever.
Resources: More about Mel here (https://research-repository.uwa.edu.au/en/persons/melanie-obrien)
Host: Emma Castle
Producer: Pip Rae