I’m a researcher interested in all things climate change, disasters and development. This site hosts some of my research activities, contact details as well as current mind-ramblings through my blog (Disastrous Consequences)
My background is in environmental science and international development, having spent a number of years working on climate issues for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) as a Research Fellow (where I continue to work as a Research Associate). I’ve also held research and policy positions at a range of institutes include the United Nations Development Programme, World Food Programme, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture And Food Security (CCAFS) and Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
I have been fortunate enough to have research published in a number of leading journals including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change and Climatic Change (1,200 citations as of February 2019), as well as contributing pieces for media outlets such as The Guardian, Thomson Reuters, and Devex.
Having spent many years living (and growing up) in East Africa and South East Asia, I have a keen interest in development activities across the Global South. Much of my work has involved advising and supporting NGOs (including Oxfam, Save the Children, and British Red Cross), multi-lateral agencies (UNICEF, World Bank and UNDP) as well as national governments across Africa and Asia to support resilience and deal with climate impacts.
Most of my current energy is channelled towards my PhD which looks at testing innovative ways of measuring resilience to disasters, such as mobile phone data collection and subjective ways of evaluating resilience. However, I still actively support a number of wider research projects through my consultancy work, and happy to get involved with others that might benefit from my help.