Sally Brooks

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 am now a Lecturer at the University of York, where I am Programme Director of an online MPA in International Development.

I also contribute to our team blog Wicked Issues.

Sally BrooksI 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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