I am an associate professor Natural Resources and Environment sector of the School of International Development.



I have been involved in tropical land management research and training since 1989. I spent three years employed at Wye College (part of Imperial College London) on research looking at the contribution of legumes to rice and maize based farming systems in Thailand and Indonesia. I then lived and worked in Madagascar for two years partly working on botanical surveys but also on community based land management projects around some of the large protected areas on the island. From 1995-1997 I was employed by the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen (KVL, now part of Copenhagen University) as an Associate Professor on an interdisciplinary research project, funded by DANIDA, looking at sustainable agriculture and livelihoods in Iringa Region in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. I joined the School of International Development at UEA in 1997.

Academic Background

Originally trained as a botanist (BSc Botany, University of Bristol 1987), I worked in botany for a couple of years before doing a MSc. in tropical soil fertility management (Imperial College, University of Kent 1988) and then a PhD in tropical agronomy looking at the use of legumes in rice and maize based systems in northeast Thailand and southern Sumatra (PhD 1993, University of London).

I am an associate professor in the School of International Development, having joined in 1997.


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