I am an environmental social scientist, with interdisciplinary academic trainings, qualifications, and research experiences over the years. As my first degree, I trained as an environmental economist in the early 2000s in Environment Department at the University of York on University’s Overseas Students’ Trust Fund scholarship, obtaining a First class BSc Honours in Environment, Economics and Ecology in 2002. I then went on to do a Masters degree from Simon Fraser University in Canada in Resource Management, graduating in 2005. In my Masters research, I looked at the ecological and socio-economic issues around the poaching of Greater One-horned rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park in Nepal, supported by a grant from the Netherlands government through Poverty Reduction and Environmental Management (PREM) programme. Immediately after my Masters, I moved back to York to start my PhD in Environment and Politics – a joint degree from Environment and Politics Departments. My PhD was funded through UK government’s Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) supplemented by Environment Department’s research fellowship during 2005-2008. My PhD research focussed on the tree tenure issues in agroforestry parklands in West Africa, with a case study from Northern Ghana. While doing my PhD, I was involved in EU sixth framework project on ‘sustainable management of shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Sudano-Sahelian zone’ – INNOVKAR, working across five countries – Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal and Uganda. I was the leader of the workpackage looking at the shea parkland dynamics in relation to climate and land use, and deputy leader of the workpackage studying resilience and adaptation of shea facing climate change. I submitted my PhD thesis at the end of 2009, officially receiving my doctorate in 2010. I continued to work on the INNOVKAR project as a Research Associate based in the Environment Department at York until the project’s completion in 2011.
Late in 2011, I took up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Forest Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, where I was involved in the study of the forest commons in Sweden, focusing particularly on the shareholder participation in the governance of the commons. Prior to my work in Sweden, I was a researcher at ForestAction, Nepal from April to August 2011. From September 2013 until January 2017, I was a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University, working on the ESPA-funded project P4ges. In the P4ges project, I led the socio-economic work package assessing how international ecosystem service payment schemes, such as REDD+, most effectively reduce poverty in low income countries. I then worked as a freelance researcher between February-July 2017 before taking up a Postdoctoral Fellowship (August 2017-June 2018) at the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme directorate, where I was involved in co-editing a book synthesising eight years of research outputs from the ESPA programme.
I’m currently available as a freelance researcher. I’m proficient in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods social science research, especially in relation to poverty-environment nexus, with publication record in high-impact journals. I’m an efficient project manager with experience of leading significant portions of large interdisciplinary and multi-partner research projects, as outlined above.