Building resilient and sustainable communities: Research, evaluations, programme design and management: resilient and sustainable communities in UK & international development contexts, feeding results into policy and practice.
Currently researching flood resilience in vulnerable communities.
My main focus is managing a research project exploring flood resilience for the University of Hull & Living with Water (a partnership between local councils, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency). Conducted a survey of over 650 households focusing on: experience of flooding; awareness and resilience. Feeding back results to communities, private sector, flood risk management agencies and academia.
In 2018, I completed PhD exploring the impacts of a sustainable place-making project working with marginalised people. My research was combined with a monitoring and evaluation role for the Green Prosperity project - a £1m Big Lottery Fund project managed by a local charity in Hull. In 2017 and 2018, also conducted evaluations for Sheffield Hallam University of projects aiming to strengthen communities and improve the local environment in the UK, and produced Child Rights Situation Analyses for Save the Children in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.
Before my postgraduate research, I was a programme manager for charities, including Oxfam and VSO, in Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Vanuatu, working with marginalised communities. I moved into international development as a VSO volunteer, changing career from conducting value-for-money audits of UK NHS Trusts and local authorities.