I have more than 20 year’s experience in international development as a researcher, teacher and practitioner. Not that I’ve had a conventional development career, I started out training as an engineer and have also worked in human resources and management development and training.
In the early 1990s I signed up with VSO, the British volunteer agency. Living in Papua New Guinea, I was a trainer with a local community development NGO. When my VSO assignment ended, I stayed on to work with the Save the Children Fund, then moved to Cambodia where I continued to work with international and local development NGOs for several years. I have also conducted short assignments with NGOs in Vietnam and Romania.
I later returned to Europe to follow a MA at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, then a DPhil in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, in Brighton, where I went on to do postdoctoral research. This involved extended periods of fieldwork in Kenya, and a return to the Philippines where I had carried out my doctoral research.
I also contribute to our team blog ‘Wicked Issues‘.
I enjoy distance teaching as it involves working with practitioners who elect to study while working in diverse roles and organisations all over the world.
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