I am a development practitioner turned academic. Now retired from full-time teaching I continue my research as an honorary fellow at the University of York (read more here).
My research critically examines decision making in globalised networks formed around technocratic visions of development and agrarian change; paying particular attention to issues of accountability and engagement with local contexts. The disproportionate influence of philanthropic foundations in shaping these interventions has been an ongoing theme. More recently my research interests have extended to the rise of authoritarian populism in rural Europe.
I am a member of the University of York Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC), the Europe branch of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI); and the Academic Advisory Group of the campaign group Another Europe is Possible.