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SAR Europe staff are based at Maynooth University, Ireland and work closely with staff at SAR’s global office in New York.

Director, SAR Europe

Denise Roche

Advocacy Manager, SAR Europe

Denise Roche is the Advocacy Manager at SAR Europe. She leads our advocacy work to promote academic freedom, including coordinating the activities of the European Coordinating Committee for Academic Freedom Advocacy. Denise is a qualified solicitor, holds an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice from Northumbria Law School England, and a BCL (International) degree from University College Cork Ireland. Prior to joining SAR Europe in July 2020, she held positions at the National Women’s Council, the Law Reform Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish Mission to the United Nations in New York, and acted as a Judicial Fellow of the High Court. Previously she served as co-rapporteur of the Feminism and International Law Committee of the International Law Association and was a committee member of the Irish Women Lawyers’ Association.

Sarah Field

Policy & Programme Manager, SAR Europe

Sarah Field is Policy & Programme Manager for Scholars at Risk Europe, where she manages the EU-funded Inspireurope+ project and supports the activities of SAR sections across Europe. Sarah previously served as the Programme Officer for MSCA4Ukraine at SAR Europe, where she supported overall implementation of the project, with a particular focus on providing career development opportunities and advisory services to at-risk researchers from Ukraine. Prior to joining SAR Europe, Sarah worked as Policy Support Officer at University College Cork where she contributed to the formulation, publication, and implementation of institutional policies and procedures.

Dominik Kalweit

Programme Manager, SAR Europe

Dominik Kalweit is the Programme Manager of MSCA4Ukraine for Scholars at Risk Europe. Previously, he was the Vice Executive Director and Director for Projects & Initiatives for the Maltese non-profit NGO Kopin. Dominik holds a Diplom (ISCED 7) from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in Political Science and Communication Sciences and has been active in international development cooperation, education and human rights related fields since 2005. In his career, he focuses on strategic planning, project development and management, networking, training, advocacy and research. Dominik is actively involved in a number of social justice and human rights initiatives, including the Destination Unknown Campaign led by Terre des Hommes, the “Free the El Hiblu 3” campaign, the Malta Refugee Council and in AidWatch.

History & Mission

Launched at an event at the European Parliament in November 2018, the establishment of SAR Europe at Maynooth represents the culmination of nearly two decades…


SAR Europe currently operates as an independent, informal research unit within the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) under a hosting agreement between Maynooth University…


SAR Europe thanks the generous supporters who provide the financial resources necessary to sustain our work to protect threatened scholars and defend academic freedom.