I have 20 years experience in international development as a researcher, educator and practitioner across multiple sectors.
I have worked with a range of non-governmental development organisations including VSO, CIDSE, Save the Children Fund (SCF) and VBNK. This was mainly in Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, where I lived for several years.
This work has cut across multiple sectors – rural development, community development, micro enterprise, peace building, gender and development, children’s rights and NGO management.
I have carried out doctoral and postdoctoral research at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the STEPS Centre, both at the University of Sussex in the UK. This research examined processes of knowledge-policy co-construction in the increasingly globalised networks of policymakers, scientists, farmers, donors and other stakeholders (from the public and private sectors) that set out to tackle problems of food insecurity and malnutrition in the developing world.
My research traces dynamics and drivers of decision making in these global networks with a focus on questions of accountability and responsiveness to the priorities of developing country governments and the needs of beneficiaries in diverse locations. It has involved field research in the Philippines, Kenya, United States, China and the UK: and has been published in a variety of formats including a monograph, journal articles, book chapters, working papers, magazine articles, short films and policy briefs.
I am now based in the UK and combine the role of consultant (past assignments have included evaluations, training and writing for organisations in Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Vietnam and Romania) with research and teaching.
I have experience of campus-based and online/distance teaching at masters level; and I am currently leading a research study into the impact of postgraduate-level online learning on the professional capacity of an international group of public managers, for the Department of Social Policy at the University of York.