In my new role as Lecturer in Development Pedagogy, I will be thinking about social responsibility, decolonising development, teaching and learning innovations and academic support more systematically across the Global Development Institute. In this role more than in any other, it is evident that nothing can ever be accomplished alone - input and buy-in from my great colleagues will be absolutely essential to begin thinking through these critical questions.
As a Lecturer in Environment, Climate Change and Development at the Global Development Institute (GDI; 17-18), I was privileged to teach our diverse and knowledgeable students. I convened the Environment, Climate Change and Development module for our Master's students, led the fieldwork pathway for ECCD and convened the 'Environment and Development' module for third-year undergraduates. I also taught on the 'Development Fundamentals', 'Understanding Development Research' and 'Globalisation, Trade and Development' modules (Master's). Subsequent to my PhD (16-17), I worked as a Post-doctoral Associate in the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral College within GDI, which involved teaching, administrative and student welfare responsibilities as well as research for multiple papers.
I completed my PhD (12-16) on 'Cocoa sustainability initiatives and the environment: mapping stakeholder priorities and representations' at the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester, with the indispensable supervision of Prof Stephanie Barrientos and Prof Dan Brockington. I used the Global Production Networks framework (Henderson et al, Martin Hess, Coe et al) to map three cocoa initiatives with an environmental focus, but also drew on literature on voluntary private standards (Laura Raynolds, Mick Blowfield) and representations (Stuart Hall, Roger Silverstone) to conceptualise the diverging understandings of sustainability which different civil-society, public-sector and private-sector stakeholders bring to the table. My in-depth fieldwork allowed me to incorporate voices from different European and Latin American contexts, ranging from cocoa producers via cooperatives, NGOs, public sector and chocolate companies to chocolate consumers, whose generosity, time and expertise only made my findings possible.
I began teaching our knowledgeable and inquisitive students during my PhD (Feb 2015) and have been privileged to supervise Master's dissertations since March 2015. Accompanying students on their intellectual journeys working on topics about which they are passionate has always been a particular joy. In all my teaching, be it lecturing, one-to-one support, tutorials or academic advisement, I aspire to improve continuously and become better at encouraging students to think for themselves and believe in themselves, which to me is the essence of a good teacher.
Before starting my three-year PhD kindly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Sustainable Consumption Institute, I worked in civil-society, public-sector and private-sector organisations, including German development cooperation, World Bank, IIED and the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, on topics ranging from forest policy and climate change via children's matters and gender to water and public policy.