School of International Development, University of East Anglia
Research Associate on BBSRC-funded Sustainable Crop Production for International Development (SCPRID) Project: exploring and addressing barriers to capacity development in molecular breeding in Kenya (2013-).
Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
Lead researcher on Relationship between Online Study and the Workplace project (2013-14).
See this short article summarising our findings: What can we learn from distance learners? Devex, 4 April 2016
– which draws on the following journal article:
Brooks, S. and Roberts, E. (2015) ‘Simultaneous Immersion’: How online postgraduate study contributes to the development of reflective practice among public service practitioners, Interactive Learning Environments, DOI: 10.1080/10494820.2015.1041406
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Brooks, S. and Loevinsohn, M.E. (2011) Shaping Agricultural Innovation Systems Responsive to Food Insecurity and Climate Change, Natural Resources Forum, 5(3) 185-200.
STEPS Centre, University of Sussex, UK
Biosafety regulation in Kenya and the Philippines (2010-11)
Convened a policy engagement initiative which brought together stakeholders in the regulation of GM crops in Kenya and the Philippines to explore ways to open up biosafety policy debates to a wider range of stakeholders, including civil society representatives.
See this policy brief Biosafety regulation: Lessons from Kenya and the Philippines.
Environmental change and maize innovation in Kenya (2007-11)
Lead researcher on this collaborative research and policy engagement project, which explored on challenges faced by maize-centred mixed farming systems in Kenya in the context of climate change.
Brooks, S., Thompson J., Odame H., Kibaara B., Nderitu S., Karin F. and Millstone, E. (2009) Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya: Exploring Pathways in and out of Maize, STEPS Working Paper 36, Brighton: STEPS Centre
We also produced this video of our findings:
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex
DPhil Development Studies. Thesis title: “Global Science, Public Goods: tracing international science policy processes in rice biofortification” (2005-8).
Supervisor: Professor Ian Scoones. Examiners: Professors Paul Richards and Melissa Leach
Published as a monograph:
Brooks, S (2010) Rice Biofortification: Lessons for Global Science and Development, London: Routledge
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Commissioned to write a discussion paper (unpublished) on impact and policy challenges for the Biofortification Challenge Program HarvestPlus at conclusion of the first phase (2006).
Development NGOs and Capacity Building
Between 2000 and 2005 I carried out a range of short assignments for (national and international) development NGOs in Cambodia, Vietnam and Romania. These included evaluations of capacity building units and programmes; and design and facilitation of training and participatory appraisal processes.