I am driven by a desire to play a tangible role in our collective response to the climate crisis. I aim to draw together my extensive interdisciplinary skills and experience, to contribute to developing international policy responses that will support the needs of vulnerable populations across the globe. In pursuit of this, my research focuses on exploring and understanding the impact of sea-level rise on patterns of migration and population displacement.
I developed my interest in the climate-migration nexus during my MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy University of Sussex / Institute of Development Studies (2020), for which I was awarded a distinction. My thesis, undertaken in collaboration with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), derived systems dynamic model identifying non-material influences on mobility-decision making across the Pacific Small Island Developing States.
Following this, I worked with GFA consulting and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to develop a model that will forecast potential human mobility triggered by slow-onset environmental change across the Horn of Africa region.
Prior to studying for my masters, I built up over two decades experience of working in the arts and cultural sector. Most notably, I was Founder and co-Artistic Director of Theatre Deli, a leading arts charity that pioneered new approaches to embedding support for arts and culture – particularly emerging artists and theatre-makers – in commercial business. I was also a writer, theatre director, script editor, and cultural festival curator, and was Visiting Lecturer at the National Centre for Circus Arts and Rose Bruford College of Theatre Performance.