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I originally trained in History (University of Virginia, 2003) and then completed postgraduate degrees in Development Studies from the University of Oxford (Mphil. 2005) and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (Ph.D. 2012). My research explores the relationship between humans and the environment by looking at the politics of natural resource management, hazards and risk from a citizenship, human rights and environmental justice perspective.

I am currently working on different collaborative interdisciplinary projects that focus on disaster risk management, vulnerability and environmental justice. I am particularly interested in exploring the role that combining different methodologies from the social and physical sciences with the arts and humanities can play in understanding risk to natural hazards and finding innovative ways of empowering communities to respond and cope with these challenges in the long term. I have experience in qualitative and action research in Ecuador, Colombia, St. Vincent, Montserrat, Peru, Argentina and Guyana.