Shiva’s academic background is in political science, Middle East studies, and development studies. She is very passionate about human rights, particularly issues facing women, and understanding and elimination of barriers, including poverty, racism and violence. Her particular research interests have included the effects of conflict on women, as well as gender representations in educational material. Given her Iranian background, a love of poetry and the arts runs in Shiva’s blood. She also enjoys travelling and learning about different corners of the world, especially through books, food, and her continuous search for the next perfect cup of coffee.