I’m a researcher interested in all things climate change, disasters and development. This site hosts some of my research, contact details as well as current mind-ramblings.
My background is in environmental science and international development, having worked on climate and resilience-related issues for a number of development organisations, including: the World Bank, Overseas Development Institute, 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 to have research published in a number of leading journals including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change and Climatic Change, 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 resilience-related 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 mainstream resilience into policy and planning.
I’ve recently wrapped up my PhD at the London School of Economics (LSE) looking at innovations for measuring resilience to disasters, using mobile phone data collection and subjective methods of evaluating resilience.
I’m currently supporting the World Bank as a Senior Risk Analyst for the Global Crisis Risk Platform (GCRP) (full-time consultant), helping to design early warning systems for monitoring compound disaster risk.
For a brief discussion of some of thoughts on measuring resilience and insights from my research see this interview with the Institution for the Study of International Development (ISID) at the McGill University, Canada.