I have been working in international development, as a practitioner and later as a university researcher and lecturer, for many years.
My research centres on the critical examination of global development imaginaries, interventions and institutions, with a particular focus on the role of large philanthropic foundations. Much of this work has focused on efforts to bring about agrarian ‘modernisation’ in countries in the Global South as part of what Raj Patel has called the ‘long’ Green Revolution. More recently my research interests have extended to rural politics in Europe; specifically to the study of conditions for and manifestations of support for right-wing populism in rural Europe.
I am an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work (profile page here) and a member of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) at the University of York. I am also a member of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) Europe scholar-activist network and on the Academic Advisory Group of Another Europe is Possible.