I am a Reader in Development Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, and also a founding member and former Director of Research at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, also at the University of Manchester.
In terms of my past background, I received an MA in Linguistics and Philosophy (1991) at the Free University Berlin, an MSc in Development Studies at University College Dublin (1994), and a Ph.D. in Development Studies (2003) at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Over the past decades I have worked as a university lecturer in Dublin (1991-1993) and Asmara (2000-2001), as an education consultant in Japan (1997-1999), and as a journalist on development-related issues (1994-2000). I was assistant professor at Wageningen University from 2003-2005 with the programme African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment (AWLAE), where I worked on the implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for rural development in sub-Saharan Africa. I have joined the University of Manchester in January 2006 where I am now a Reader in Development Studies. I am also a founding member and former Director of Research of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) established at the University of Manchester in 2009.