I have more than 23 years’ experience in international development as a researcher, teacher/trainer and practitioner. After training as an engineer, and a stint in human resources, in the early 1990s I headed to Papua New Guinea as a VSO volunteer to work with a community development organisation, and this was followed by a series of roles with development NGOs – including Save the Children, CIDSE and various local groups – in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Vietnam.
More recently I have spent several years as an academic: at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, where I completed my PhD and then worked as a researcher with the STEPS Centre; and subsequently at the University of York, where I was programme director of a distance Masters programme for mid-career development practitioners.
My research interests focus on the relationship between technology and development, particularly in relation to smallholder farming systems and livelihoods (further details and links can be found on the publications pages of this website). Drawing on development studies, anthropology, political economy, science policy and food studies, this research has taken me to several countries, including extended periods in Kenya and the Philippines.
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