The following is a list of the current Open Society Fellows.
Elisabeth Caesens is examining hydroelectricity deals and revenue flows in the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring greater transparency and accountability to the country’s mining industry.
Chitrangada Choudhury is chronicling the profound effects of resource conflicts on the lives of marginalized and indigenous communities in India’s forested mineral belt.
Jennifer Daskal is investigating efforts by several nations—including the United States, the UK, and Brazil—to gain access to data stored outside their borders for use in criminal investigations.
McKenzie Funk, a journalist, is writing a book on how the push for open government in the United States has subjected ordinary citizens to undue scrutiny by federal agencies and private firms.
Katja Heinemann, a photographer and longform journalist, is producing a multimedia documentary that investigates the interconnection of migration and social media use among young Afghan refugees in Berlin.
Lican Liu is writing a book that will apply an environmental justice approach to the pursuit of environmental protection in China.
Bálint Magyar is looking at several post-communist states, whose actions, he argues, are warped by the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of corrupt political “families.”
Sasha Polakow-Suransky is writing a book on the backlash against immigration in five countries and the long-term threat that xenophobic parties and politicians pose to inclusive democratic governance.
Michael Sfard is writing a book that examines the last four decades of human rights litigation in Israel on issues related to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Shekhar Singh is exploring the mixed success of right-to-information laws in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh in achieving accountability from governments and other actors.
Camilla Toulmin’s project documents shifting claims to land and natural resources in the Ségou region of central Mali over the last 35 years.
Noah Zatz is examining how government threats of incarceration force people in the United States into precarious and underpaid work situations, a phenomenon he calls “get to work or go to jail.”
JingJing Zhang is using legal test cases to strengthen civil society’s ability to ensure Chinese overseas companies’ compliance with environmental laws and international human rights treaties.