Richard Pearshouse is the Head of Crisis and the Environment at Amnesty International. He works on a range of issues including protecting the environment in the context of armed conflict, communities at risk from resource conflicts, and human rights in the context of environmental disasters. Previously, he was associate director of the environment program at Human Rights Watch. From 2015-2017, he helped found HRW’s environment program and develop its main pillars of work: environmental defenders, toxic substances, and climate change. He has undertaken high-level advocacy on environmental issues with national governments, the UN, and multilateral and bilateral aid donors. His most recent field research has focused on threats against environmental defenders and their communties, and environmental health issues caused by exposure to toxic substances, including highly hazardous pesticides, arsenic, lead, mercury, and industrial chemicals. He has researched and written reports on countries including Brazil, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. He has worked for non-governmental organisations in Canada, East Timor and Guatemala. He is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.