I am a postdoctoral researcher focusing on the social and political aspects of international conservation and development. I take an ethnographic approach to research; unpacking the discourses, assemblages, practices and processes of policy-making and intervention from the local to global scales. I draw on a wide range of disciplines including political ecology, science and technology studies (STS), social anthropology, social justice theory and policy studies.
I am currently working on the CONVIVA project at the University of Wageningen (convivialconservation.com/), using multi-sited ethnography to explore how new conservation and development ideas/concepts take shape, how they interact with different actors and actor groups (their 'social life') and what the impacts and implications are of these processes. This work builds on my PhD research, in which I unpacked the social life of pilot projects in international conservation and development. Using an in-depth case study of REDD+ pilot projects in Tanzania, I explored the narratives, dynamics and realities of piloting and the impacts and implications they have beyond project timelines and objectives.
Postdoctoral research associate, Wageningen University
Postdoctoral research associate, University of Leeds
Doctoral teaching assistant, University of Leeds
University of York, PhD in environmental social science
University of Leeds, MSc in sustainability (environment and development)
Transformation is what you expect, models are what you get: REDD+ and models in conservation and development, Journal of Political Ecology
Building authority and legitimacy in transnational climate change governance: Evidence from the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, Global Environmental Change
Ecotourism and conservation under COVID-19 and beyond, ATLAS Tourism and Leisure Review
'Close the tap!': COVID-19 and the need for convivial conservation, Journal of Australian Political Economy
REDD+, hype, hope and disappointment: The dynamics of expectations in conservation and development pilot projects, World Development
Grants and Contracts
Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) UK - White Rose DTC