Kathryn joined the Sheffield Institute for International Development as a postdoctoral research associate in April 2014. Her research interests span environment and development, natural resource governance, nature-society relations and political ecology. Prior to coming to Sheffield, Kathryn was a Senior Research Associate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2013. Kathryn’s research brings together work from political ecology, participatory development, policy studies and science and technology studies. Her research spans the international to local levels with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and fieldwork experience in Tanzania.
A key focus of Kathryn’s research is on investigating the complexities and politics of natural resource governance in the global South. Her current research focuses on three main areas: a continued focus on power dynamics in Community-Based Natural Resource Management; neoliberal conservation and related changes in state-society and nature-society relations; and the politics of knowledge in the development of strategies to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). This includes a focus on the international negotiations and national policy development taking place for REDD+ with respect to the role that is being framed for local people and concerns over governance arrangements and social justice.