Research interests

I have a strong interest in two main fields: food and farming and climate change. Both are increasingly intertwined as the issues of peak oil, water scarcity and loss of biodiversity loom ever closer.

My training as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist has focused my attention on the links between human cultural arrangements (villages, communities, networks, cities, knowledge, beliefs) and the environment (plants, foods, waste, climate change).

I am interested in working on research projects which aim to shed light not only on the problems we face (plenty of words have been printed about this already) but on the paths we can clear through the thicket and the tools which we’ll need to help us do so.

Research skills

1. Familiar with systematic and standard literature reviews with access to scientific journals and journal search engines.

2. Extensive experience with proposal writing, including successful bids for academic and private funding.

3. Considerable experience structuring and writing reports, preparing briefing papers, working papers and summaries, and writing for different audiences – from the more academic and policy-oriented, to the more informal and journalistic.

4. Have carried out extensive primary research in a variety of countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, India, Nepal, France) using a wide range of social science field methods including: household and village-level surveys; focus groups; structured interviews; and participatory rural appraisals.

5. Experienced with both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

6. Have given presentations, and organised and facilitated workshops.

IT knowledge

MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Onenote), Stata and SPSS (Statistical analysis), Anthropac, Endnote/Zotero, Web design, Adobe packages, audio and video editing software.


English (native), Spanish (native), Italian (native)
French (good), Nepali (good)
Limbu (basic)


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