I have 25 years’ experience in international development as a researcher, lecturer and practitioner.
After training as an engineer, and a stint in human resources, in the early 1990’s I headed to Papua New Guinea as a VSO volunteer to work with a community development organisation. I went on to work with development NGOs – including Save the Children, CIDSE and various local groups – in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Vietnam.
In recent years I have worked as an academic, with the Knowledge, Technology, Society Group (formerly the Environment Group) at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, where I completed my PhD and then conducted research as a member of the STEPS Centre. I then joined the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, where I was programme director of a part-time distance Masters programme for mid-career development practitioners (one of an award-winning suite of online programmes).
My research interests focus on the relationship between science & technology and development, particularly in relation to smallholder farming systems and livelihoods (further details and links can be found on other pages of this website). Drawing on development studies, anthropology, political economy/ecology, science and technology studies (STS) and food studies, this research has taken me to several countries, including extended periods in Kenya and the Philippines.