After studying an undergraduate in Business and Economics at Northumbria University, I went on to study MSc Development Anthropology at Durham University, and obtained a Ph.D. in Environment and Development at the University of Leeds. My Ph.D. thesis, titled ‘Exploring adaptive capacity in mangrove social-ecological systems of rural Vietnam’, contributed knowledge to our understanding of adaptive capacity. This was achieved by drawing on environmental justice and natural resource management literatures in order to gain insights into how and why adaptive capacity is distributed within social-ecological systems.
My postdoctoral research fellow position, supported by a Leverhulme Prize in Geography, aims to develop and extend a multi-scale, mixed-method approach and dataset to explore and understand the links between land use, livelihoods and social-ecological change of semi-arid agricultural systems in Swaziland.
My current project, supported by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), aims to develop a study for Kenya on the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD). It builds on an already field tested methodology as a contribution to the ELD Initiative, which is providing and developing globally relevant data on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. It highlights the potential benefits derived from adopting sustainable land management (SLM) practices and seeks to establish a universal approach for economic analysis of land management.