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DEV_logoSchool 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 YORKUNI_logo

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 practitionersInteractive Learning Environments, DOI: 10.1080/10494820.2015.1041406

United Nations Department of Economic and Social AffairsUNDESA_logo

Co-authored background paper for the World Economic and Social Survey 2011.

Published as:

Brooks, S. and Loevinsohn, M.E. (2011) Shaping Agricultural Innovation Systems Responsive to Food Insecurity and Climate ChangeNatural 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.

Published output:

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:

Seeds and sustainability: Maize Pathways in Kenya from STEPS Centre on Vimeo.


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

 reviewed in the Journal of Peasant Studies and Journal of Biosocial Science


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.