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Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute and in Social Policy, University of York

I am a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute and in Social Policy at the University of York. Trained in sociology, my key research areas are corporate power and its implications and consumer culture, behaviour and ethics.

At SEI I work on research related to the social risks involved in sugarcane production and on a project focused on the social and environmental risks associated with gold mining. In Social Policy, I work with Corporate Welfare Watch on research and outreach focused on corporate welfare in the UK.

From 2014‒16 I was a funded Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz, Austria where I worked on a multifaceted research project focused on the popularity and hidden costs of Apple products. Prior to that, I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of sociology at Pomona College, located in Claremont, California, USA.

I hold a BA in sociology from Pomona College and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have published extensively in a variety of outlets (academic and otherwise) on consumer culture, fair trade and ethical sourcing systems, and labour and environmental issues within global electronics supply chains.

A public sociologist, most of my written work is published in publicly accessible digital outlets, including Contexts, Sociological Images, Truthout, and Alternet. In addition, I worked for years as a social science writer for ThoughtCo, the largest educational resource on the web.


  • 2017–present
    Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York
  • –present
    Researcher in Social Policy, University of York


  • 2011 
    University of California-Santa Barbara, PhD in Sociology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Mapping the environmental and social risks, challenges and opportunities in the gold supply chain for electronics
    Project lead
    Funding Source:
    P2CS Opportunities Fund, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • 2017
    Indicators for socially responsible production and consumption
    Funding Source:
    AgriFood at York

Professional Memberships

  • GoodElectronics Network