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Biography

Jules is an agricultural and environmental economist who works as both a consultant and a researcher, and publishes academic and policy papers based on his experience and investigations. He began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, living for two years in a remote village while working as an agricultural extension agent. He has also lived in Ethiopia and Tanzania. 

His PhD examined the local knowledge used by small-scale farmers in Tanzania to inform their natural resource management decisions on their farms. It explored how this knowledge is affected by shifting resource constraints and exposure to other types of knowledge and ideas, and how different farmers negotiate such dynamics. 

His consulting has focused largely on Sub-Saharan Africa. His diverse clients have included charities like CARE and Oxfam, international organisations like United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme, and bilateral donors like DFID and the European Union. His expertise covers small-scale agriculture, climate change adaptation and mitigation, rural livelihood innovations, microalgae and impact assessment.  

Key Research Interests

Jules’ research examines options to foster sustainable, climate smart livelihoods for vulnerable groups and innovations that could work for both people and planet. This includes gathering empirical evidence using mixed methods, combining quantitative and qualitative data, and emphasising the voices and perspectives of villagers and local practitioners.  

He is currently researching agri-food applications of microalgae and their scope to help address looming societal threats like climate change, food insecurity and environmental degradation. One focus is critically examining the potential and limits of these agri-food technologies, while others are exploring issues surrounding technology adoption and managing possible risks. He is particularly interested in the relevance of these technologies to vulnerable communities in the Global South, but also in their wider applicability. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, University of Oxford

Jan 2008Oct 2003

Award Date: 30 Oct 2003

Master in Science, University College London

10 Sep 199626 Sep 1997

Award Date: 26 Sep 1997

Master in Science, University of Oxford

10 Sep 19959 Sep 1996

Award Date: 6 Sep 1996

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley

15 Aug 198418 May 1990

Award Date: 18 May 1990

External positions

Freelance consultant

Jan 2008 → …

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