Researcher and practitioner in the field of international development with training in agricultural economics, environmental economics and environmental management. Focus areas include agriculture, climate change and the environment.
Jules’ research specifically focuses on climate change and agriculture in developing countries, and how climate finance can help vulnerable communities transition to sustainable, climate resilient livelihood pathways. This includes conducting applied research on understanding key constraints on selected pathways and experimental research on possible mechanisms to address these constraints. His research involves gathering empirical evidence using mixed methods, combining quantitative and qualitative data, and emphasising the voices of practitioners and villagers.
One interest is how the ‘triple wins’ promised by climate-smart agriculture could be scaled up across vulnerable communities, i.e., beyond project areas. Another is examining edible algae as an innovative crop and food source for small-scale farmers and pastoralists who are vulnerable to climate change impacts and often food insecure. The focus follows repeated calls from the United Nations and others to find ways to unlock the potential of this promising technology. A third interest is identifying avenues for viable, pro-poor integration of small-scale farmers into climate resilient supply chains.