University of East Anglia 2012 – 2013
MA, Agriculture and Rural Development (68.9%)
Modules: Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Policy, Water Security, Climate Change Policy for Development, Globalised Agriculture and Food Systems, Advanced Qualitative Research Analysis.
University of Cambridge (St Catharine’s College) 2009 – 2012
BA (Hons), Geography
1st class honours. Received awards: The Sir John Cleypoole (1613) Scholarship and Alfred Steers Fieldwork Award.
Nordic Food Lab, Copenhagen (August – Nov 2015)
Research Intern on edible insects and the politics of scaling up insects into the global food-feed-fuel nexus.
Food Nation, Newcastle (September 2014 – January 2015)
Communications Officer and Cooking Skills Trainer for Food Nation and Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food North-East.
Role included delivering Food Nation and Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food North-East cooking courses, researching into sustainable and local procurement, writing copy for Food Nation’s website and maintaining social media pages.
Sustainable Food Trust, Bristol (January 2014 – present)
Freelance blog contributor on sustainable food and agriculture, ethical lifestyles.
Article on alternative, sustainable supermarkets ranked in Top 10 SFT stories of 2014 with 655 Facebook ‘likes’ and 229 Tweets.
Overseas Development Institute, London (November 2012 – 2015)
Freelance research assistant providing literature reviews, M&E analysis, administrative support and contribution to country reports and topic guides.
- 2015 – Research assistant for ODI Review of United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) ‘Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme’ (ASAP).
- 2014 – Co-writer of Evidence on Demand (EoD) Topic Guide on Climate-Smart Agriculture, contracted by UK Government Department for International Development (DFID).
- 2014 – Research assistant of ODI Review of Plan International programmes and projects on climate resilience in the Sahel.
- 2012 – 2013 – Research assistant for the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), focusing on projects in Latin America & Caribbean, South Asia and Africa.
Voluntary Work & Internships
Crest Academy, London (December 2016 – February 2017)
Geography Teaching Intern
Planning, teaching and marking Geography lessons for secondary school students, many of whom are low EAL or recent refugees to the UK.
Jobs in Mind, London (September – December 2016)
Urban Growth Volunteer Horticultural Trainer
Training and supporting people with mental health to grow and cook seasonal, organic food. Based in a 1ha urban garden in Camden.
Sustain, London (April – July 2015)
Editorial Intern for the Jellied Eel, an ethical eating magazine.
Administrative and research role, alongside writing and interviewing for stories.
Westhill Farm Project, Oxford (January – August 2014)
Volunteer Engagement Officer
Establishing network of volunteers, creating and maintaining social media pages, and co-writing a funding proposal for Westhill permaculture farm. The proposal successfully granted us £9,700 for the pre-feasibility stage.
International Institute for Environment and Development, London (April – August 2013)
Research Intern into biocultural heritage and indigenous seed systems, focusing on Indian millet seed systems. Role was part of the Natural Resources Group.
Pop-Up Workshops & Talks
- ‘Interdisciplinarity: What about intersectionality?’ (Cambridge, 2015) – A talk on the importance of intersectionality – gender, race, power. cultural background – in interdisciplinary workplaces.
- Member of presentation on ‘Entomophagy and Power’ at the Oxford Insects for Food & Feed Conference (Oxford, 2015)
- ‘Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan’ Communal eating and storytelling event, Agora (Berlin, 2015) – Why are some foods, and some cultures, valued more than others?
- Member of Panel Debate on ‘Eating the Planet to Death’ in collaboration with Mad Mad Mad Bodega and Murmur (Copenhagen, 2015)
- ‘Love Bug’: A three-course meal and interactive discussion on edible insects, traditional aphrodisiacs and taste education (Oxford, 2015)
- ‘Look Down, Edible Insects’: An interactive lunch and presentation on edible insects, culture and policy. Hosted at Tandem Festival (Oxford, 2015)
- ‘Youth and farming in the United Kingdom’, Adult School (Japan, 2015)
- Project Management of ‘Green Fair’, a school fair hosting 27 stalls including local food producers, bicycle repair and environmental groups (Oxford, 2009)
- Computing: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Mendeley referencing
- Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, SEO, Buffer and Tweetdeck
- Languages: English (fluent), Spanish (intermediate), French (basic)
- Membership: Royal Geographical Society (Young Geographer), National Geographic; Uprising UK Environmental Leadership Programme Fellow (2016-17).