James Ron is a dynamic, creative, and adaptable senior research professional with deep and broad experience defining research approaches and methods, managing large, diverse global and domestic project teams, developing policy recommendations, and reporting results. James is respected as a published scholar, author and thought leader.
- Survey Analysis
- Quantitative & Qualitative Data
- Focus Groups
- Monitoring & Evaluation
- Cross-Cultural Competency
- Innovative Research Design
- Population-based Survey Design
- Global Experience in 16 Countries
- Remote Research Team Management
- Thought Leadership
- Resource Development
- Project Leadership
- Relationship Building
- Project Proposal Design
- Elite & Key Informant Interviews
- Reports, Policies, Books & Articles
- Evidence-based, Actionable Recommendations
- Work in French and Spanish
Advisory and Research Experience
James Ron, PhD, has been engaged in advisory and research activities for over two decades. This work has taken him across Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, typically in collaboration with international and local partners. James has led research teams on a variety of projects, including:
James is currently working with On Global Leadership, a thought leadership and advisory company focusing on China. Together, they are building a project dealing with China’s overseas investments in global infrastructure, often referred to as the “Belt and Road Initiative.” In the first phase, James is advising efforts to build a database of all Chinese and Western companies involved in overseas infrastructure work. In the second phase, he will advise efforts to survey public opinion in low and middle-income countries towards Chinese investment.
James is currently advising a local medical research company on organizing and analyzing their data, which is both qualitative and quantitative in nature, and helping them to plan new studies.
James has consulted for Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s largest human rights research and advocacy organizations, since the early 1990s. Some of these projects include:
- A representative survey of the US population to assess current attitudes towards human and civil rights.
- Proposing new research and evaluation techniques for HRW with the help of graduate student teams.
- Conducting field investigations for HRW in countries in, or adjacent to, armed conflict, including Albania, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Palestine, Turkey, and Russia.
James has authored three book-length reports for HRW focusing on Israel/Palestine, Turkey, and the United States.
James continues to work for Life for a Child, an Australian charity affiliated with the International Diabetes Federation that supplies insulin, blood glucose tests, and other critical supplies to over 21,000 children with Type 1 diabetes in 42 countries. James began working with the group in 2010, after discovering that his two-year-old son had developed the auto-immune disease.
James’ advisory and evaluation work for Life for a Child has included travel to India, Mexico, Morocco, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to assess the medical needs of children with Type 1 diabetes; exploring the particular of Life for a Child programs; evaluating these programs’ impacts on juvenile health outcomes; and recommending programmatic changes.
James received financial support from The Open Society Foundations (OSF), a group of philanthropic agencies focused on promoting human rights and civil society worldwide.
With OSF’s support, James Ron and his colleagues surveyed residents in Bogotá and Mexico City to learn the conditions under which ordinary citizens might donate money to support the work of local civic groups. Ron and colleagues published a series of advisory reports from this data, helping shape the policies of OSF and its partners.
While at the University of Minnesota, James Ron and colleagues designed face-to-face surveys in four countries (India, Nigeria Mexico, and Morocco) to learn about public attitudes towards human rights. They published a book and numerous articles from this data. Their analysis provided the empirical basis for recommendations to rights organizations and philanthropies in the United States and Mexico.
In years past, James received funding from Global Affairs Canada, the country’s ministry for foreign affairs and international assistance. Their funding supported James’ advisory and research work on government policy towards transitional justice efforts in post-conflict settings, the link between political violence and human rights abuse, and the use of evidence-based methods in conflict analysis.
Beginning in 2013, James and colleagues received funding from the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and the University of Minnesota to created Open Global Rights, a thought-leadership platform for evidence-based discussions of human rights strategies, policies, and impact. The website now publishes in over 20 languages and has raised well over a million USD to support its work. Ron was the platform’s founder, guiding the website’s development through its first three years, raising funds, recruiting staff and authors, and supervising the editorial process.
In years past, James worked with CARE, an international humanitarian aid agency with affiliates in many countries. At the request of the Atlanta-based US affiliate, James evaluated the impacts of CARE’s work in refugee camps located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and provided advisory services based on his findings.
In years past, James worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a Geneva-based organization charged with monitoring implementation of the International Laws of War. The ICRC operates on the basis of bilateral agreements with individual governments and has historically worked in isolation from other groups to safeguard its credibility, neutrality, and confidentiality.
At the request of the ICRC’s civilian protection division, James researched the organization’s new efforts to collaborate with other international agencies. Based on this work, he provided advisory services helping ICRC management identify the opportunities and challenges involved in working more closely with likeminded organizations.