About

focus: forced migration, women's rights, environmental issues.

 

Alice Rowsome

Alice is a 24-year-old freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with a focus on forced migration, women's rights, environmental issues related to conflict and climate change. She is currently writing for VICE Impact, VICE's advocacy channel and filming a new short-film on Tripoli's women-led recycling initiative with the support of One World Media. 

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In January 2017, Alice worked and reported from Somalia and Ethiopia, where she was one of the first journalists on the ground to cover the drought and, specifically, its impact on women and the internally displaced. In February 2017, she moved to Beirut and reported on environmental, social and political issues for The Daily Star (Lebanon). In July 2017, she worked in Uganda and covered the South Sudanese refugee crisis and its environmental impact in the north of the country. Alice has also worked and reported on women's rights issues in Rajasthan, India and environmental issues and indigenous peoples in the highlands of Bolivia. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, Broadly, WIRED, The Independent, Refugees Deeply, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), The Riveter Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Stereoscope Magazine, The Daily Star (Lebanon) among other publications. Her writing has been translated into several languages.  

Alice graduated with a Masters in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St Andrews in June 2016, where she specialised her research on the impact of war on water resources in Syria, and, in 2015, sex-trafficking in Iraq and Syria under ISIS. During her time studying, she worked closely with Chatham House’s Energy, Environment and Resources Department where she helped research reports and analyse data on the refugee energy crisis as part of the pioneering Moving Energy Initiative. Alice has also worked on various projects related to refugees and technology and in November 2016 chaired a panel discussion with Muzoon Almellehan from the Malala Foundation on education in refugee camps and technology at the WIRED 2016 Next Generation event.

Pachamama, Alice's first feature-length documentary, which shed light on the impact of climate on indigenous communities in the Bolivian Andes, Premiered at Chatham House in November 2016 in front of 250 diplomats and researchers. It has been screened at various film festivals, independent cinemas and educational institutions across Africa, Asia and Europe in English, Spanish and French. 

Born in Paris, she spent her childhood there before moving to London. Alice is fluent in English, French, Spanish and also speaks Arabic and (a little!) Persian.

Alice is a Member of the Frontline Freelance Register.