I have 25 years’ experience in international development as a researcher, lecturer and practitioner.
After training as an engineer, and a stint in human resources, I headed to Papua New Guinea as a VSO volunteer to work with a community development group. Over the next ten or so years I worked with development NGOs (including Save the Children and CIDSE) in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Vietnam.
A year out to do an MA at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague led, unexpectedly, to a late academic career. I joined the Knowledge, Technology and Society Group at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, where I completed my doctorate and was a researcher with the STEPS Centre. I joined the University of York where I was programme director of a distance Masters programme; and am now a senior research fellow in the Department of Education, honorary fellow with the Department of Social Policy, and member of the Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC).
My research explores the relationship between science & technology and development, focusing on smallholder farming systems and livelihoods (further details and links to publications can be found on the other pages of this website). Drawing on development studies, social anthropology, political economy and science & technology studies (STS), this research has taken me to several countries, including Kenya and the Philippines for extended periods.