I am privileged to be a Lecturer in Environment, Climate Change and Development at the Global Development Institute (GDI) as it allows me to teach our diverse and knowledgeable students. I convene the Environment, Climate Change and Development module for our Master's students, will lead the fieldwork pathway for ECCD and convene the 'Environment and Development' module for third-year undergraduates. I also teach on the 'Development Fundamentals', 'Understanding Development Research' and 'Globalisation, Trade and Development' modules (Master's).
I completed my PhD 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.
Subsequently, 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, and worked in a civil-society research and study centre in Germany on public engagement and adult education.
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.