I have 23 years experience in research, consultancy and training. After 20 years in a permenant research position (moving from lecturere, to Senior Lecturer to Reader), I now work more flexibly as a self-employed academic whilst also maintaining a close research association with the School of Development Studies.

I have a special interest in gender and draw on sociology, anthropology and political science discplines. My recent work has been organised around the themes of social inclusion, reproduction, migration and gender analysis. My research on the reproductive lives of male and female migrants in Vietnam has been funded by the ESRC and DFID.

I am commited to capacity building for researchers, working particularly with those seeking to strengthen their capacity for gender research or qualitative research in ongoing projects. My approach to capacity building includes collaboration, training through interactive workshops, and mentoring. Clients include IIED, World Fish and the DfID-funded Global Adolescence: Gathering Evidence (GAGE) project. 

I current editor-in-chief for Progress in Development Studies, as well as a co-editor for the Palgrave Book Series Anthropology, Change and Development.


I worked as an Associate Professional Officer for the UK’s Overseas Development Administration (now DFID), then as a free-lance consultant, before joining the School of International Development in 1995. After 20 years working with the School as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and finally Reader, I chose to become a self-employed academic in 2016. Although I now work more flexibly, I remain affiliated with the School and retain close working relationships with its research community. 

Academic Background

I have a PhD from the Centre for Development Studies in Swanseaa, a Masters in Development Studies from UEA and a BA in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University

My policy research and consultancy has focused on issues relating to poverty, gender, livelihood strategies, community organisations, local institutions, and public administration in the sectors of natural resource management, especially agriculture and forestry, reproductive health and rights, migration, ageing, and social policy.

My current research focuses on the linkages between reproduction, wellbeing and migration, with special attention to Vietnam and SE Asia. Additionally I am commited to building research capacity in gender analysis in a variety of sectors, including fisheries, environment, and sustainable agriculture. 



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