Louise Voller is an experienced investigative journalist who has been with Danwatch for several years. She has worked extensively with supply chain research and linking problems with human rights and the environment at the producers and suppliers to big corporations in Europe and USA. In the past, she has made several investigations regarding the problems connected to the use of pesticides.

From 2014 until 2019, Louise was the editor in chief at Danwatch. Today, she specializes in investigations on states’ and business’ impacts on human rights and the environment, mainly in developing countries. She is a trainer in investigative journalism for reporters in Palestine and Cambodia, and a media adviser for International Media Support to Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) in Jordan. She won the 2015 prize for Investigative Journalism in Developing Countries. 

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Louise Voller
Human rights, Environment

Supported projects

Behind the smokescreen: Environmental destruction and slave-like working conditions in the European tobacco industry

  • Agriculture
  • Exploitation
  • Industry

The investigation reveals the environmental and health impacts faced by local Brazilian farmers due to tobacco production sold to European and North American multinational companies. During the harvest season, Repórter Brasil and Danwatch travelled to three Brazilian states accountable for 95% of the national production. The team gathered evidence on how farmers are facing frequent intoxication symptoms from the heavy use of pesticides, besides other labour issues.

Illegal trade of pesticides and antibiotics in Europe

  • Environment
  • Healthcare

BRUSSELS - There is a big illegal market for pesticides and antibiotics and these substances will still be spread, when they get banned. The industry has been able to continue the use of chlorpyrifos and expect the use to grow in the coming years, despite it has a huge and bad impact on animals and humans. 

The Chlorpyrifos Case

  • Environment
  • Healthcare

BRUSSELS - Residues of Chlorpyrifos, a dangerous insecticide, have been found in fruit baskets and samples of human urine across Europe. This large, cross-border investigation unveils its risks for the public.