University of East Anglia
Over the last 15 years I have worked in the field of sustainability and climate change in the public sector. After completing an undergraduate degree in 2001 in Geography with Environmental and Development Studies at the University of Sussex I worked for Cardiff Council focusing on sustainable development and low carbon urban design. In 2007 I spent a year working for a mental health and development charity in India before returning to the UK to work for the Energy Saving Trust as a programme manager. I was responsible for supporting the public sector to reduce carbon emissions corporately with a specific focus on social housing. In 2010, I studied for an MSc in Climate Change and International Development and achieved Distinction. My Dissertation, Framings of Coastal Erosion in Happisburgh, won the Blaikie Prize for best dissertation on the politics of the environment. From 2011 to 2015 I read for a Doctorate, the focus of my research is the migration of people to mega-cities as a response and adaptation strategy to climate change impacts on water and agriculture in China. I am currently working as a Senior Research Associate in the School of International Development at The University of East Anglia.
Current Research Projects
Climate Resilient Development Pathways for Semi-arid Regions of Africa and South Asia
Funders: International Development Research Centre, Canada and Department for International Development, UK
This 18-month project, funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada and the Department for International Development, UK, seeks to synthesise knowledge generated by a number of projects funded under three recently completed climate research programmes (the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Future Climate for Africa and Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters).
The project blends the knowledge created by the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies, Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands, African Monsson Multidisciplinary Analysis 2050 projects in addition to the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters programme to envision the social, environmental and economic dynamics of change for semi-arid regions in Africa and South Asia out to 2050. Running in parallel to the synthesis work is a more focused analysis that explores the current development trajectories for semi-arid regions as articulated through national, sub-national and local development and sectoral plans in Kenya, Namibia and India.
By exploring how semi-arid regions are likely to evolve under climate change and other dynamics and comparing this to the type of development envisaged through policies, plans and programmes developed by government, the project will identify areas of likely stress or incompatibility. The goal of the project is to generate knowledge concerning areas where policy change may be required or a greater focus on adaptation is necessary to help realign the development trajectories of semi-arid regions to ensure they more climate resilient and can deliver development that is equitable and just.
Latest Published Paper
Valuing Local Perspectives in Iveasive Species Management: Moving Beyong the Ecosystem Service-Disservice Dichotomy
This paper uses the concept of ecosystem disservices to explore and understand how rapid environmental change associated with an invasive plant species is framed and understood by different stakeholders. Through a focus on narratives, the paper explores how socially-differentiated populations understand the causes and consequences of a plant invasion and express preferences for often contrasting management interventions.