Dr Andrea Wilkinson is a Researcher specialising in Trade and Climate Change and International Relations and Partnerships Manager at Newcastle University for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. She is a social scientist, with more than 18 years’ experience in co-creating multidisciplinary research and projects in the global south through her work as an international development practitioner and researcher, securing funds of over £1 million to make this work a reality. Her work is often collaborative with partner organisations including businesses, NGO's and governments with the aim of producing research which informs policy and creates positive change.
Andrea’s main area of research focuses on climate change adaptation through trade, women’s empowerment and poverty reduction.
Her recent PhD thesis investigated the ways in which being embedded in an alternative global production network shaped smallholder coffee farmers ability to adapt to climate change. Exploring issues of knowledge’s, power and embeddedness.
Other areas of expertise include investigating the role of cooperatives in strengthening democracy, participation and trust within the Rwandan context. Andrea also conducts research regarding inclusive economic growth in Africa, the African craft sector, entrepreneurship, livelihoods and climate change adaptation and education and the role of trade in natural disaster relief and recovery.
Andrea has produced and delivered several adult education training packages including 'training of trainers' 'business planning' 'environmental management' and 'value addition' which are currently being delivered throughout Africa.
She has worked in several countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia, including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eswatini, South Africa, Peru, the Netherlands and Japan.
Areas of Expertise
- Women’s Empowerment
- Poverty Reduction
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Climate Change Education
- Disaster relief and recovery
Burton, A., Nabulime, L., Newbery, R., Richter, P. Tibaingana, A. and Wilkinson, A., (2020) Making a living through Visual Art in East Africa in Communiarian, R. (Eds), Creative African Economies. In Production.
Newbery, R and Wilkinson, A (2020) Entrepreneurial Orientation in Smallholder Farms in Kenya: its relationship with performance in conditions of poverty in Dobson, S., Jones, P., Agyapong, D. and Maas, G. (eds) 'Enterprising Africa: Transformation through entrepreneurship' London: Routledge. In Production.
Wilkinson, A and Stevens, B (2020) Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Recovery efforts: tapping into Trade Facilitation as an effective response tool, Commonwealth Publication. Available at: https://thecommonwealth.org/sites/default/files/inline/THT%20169%20FINAL.pdf
Wilkinson, A. (2019). Empowering Minority Groups Affected by Conflict – The role of Women in the peace processes - Rwanda in “Cooperative and Peace: Strengthening Democracy, Participation and Trust – A Case Study Approach”. Cooperatives Europe Publication, supported by the Cooperatives Europe Development Platform (CEDP). Available at: https://coopseurope.coop/sites/default/files/COOPS%26PEACE_research_2019_Cooperatives%20Europe-WEB_0.pdf
Case study published in: Hammett, D, Twyman, C, & Graham, M. (2014). Research and fieldwork in development. Routledge.