I am a social scientist with an interdisciplinary background spanning international development, education and science and technology studies. My research focuses on the politics of knowledge mobilisation. I am interested in question such as: how can research systems respond better to global challenges? What can collaboration, critical analysis and learning contribute to these systems? And how are knowledge and participation mediated by funding systems, institutional agendas, social practices, material artefacts and personal identities? I am particularly interested in the notion of cognitive justice and the political economy of knowledge for international development - with implications for research capacity strengthening in different contexts. I am also interested in research impact and particularly in relation to ODA-funded research. I co-convene the Rethinking Research Collaborative; an informal international network of academics, civil society organisations, international NGOs and research support providers committed to working together to encourage more inclusive, responsive collaborations to produce useful international development research: https://rethinkingresearchcollaborative.com

I am also interested in the use of arts-based methods for rethinking development and I am currently undertaking a part-time MA in creative writing.

Current research (as Principle Investigator):

2018-22 I am coordinating the research and learning strand of a new DFID-funded project: 'Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development'.

2018: I have been leading a programme of strategic research and capacity building for UKRI (funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund) on 'understanding and improving fair and equitable research partnerships around global challenges'

2014-2018: I am concluding an Early Career Fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust , which supported the project: 'Engaging research for practice: A civil society perspective'. The study explored INGO's engagement with research and the researcher identities of INGO practitioner-researchers.

Previous research (as Principle Investigator) :

2015-2017: Evidence and the politics of participation in academic-INGO research partnerships for international development' (a 2-year ESRC Seminar Series in partnership with Christian Aid, Action Aid, HIV/AIDS Alliance, UCL, IDS, LSE)

2013-2014: 'Becoming academic identity in the digital university' funded by an award from the Society of Research into Higher Education (SRHE)

2007-2011: My PhD explored the politics of representation in academic and community-based research in/on/with/by a migrant community in London

Additional research experience includes studies on adult literacy in South Africa, Tanzania, Viet Nam, Thailand and Mexico (in collaboration with Kings College London, University of East Anglia, the Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas in Mexico City, BALID, Literacy Working Group, UNESCO and ActionAid International); participatory learning and teaching in higher education (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex); and the use of video in social science research (Institute of Education, London Knowledge Lab). I have also worked for several years in a policy context as a research officer for UNESCO and the OECD in Paris. I am a special adviser in adult literacy for UNESCO and continue to conduct consultancies (on adult literacy, nonformal education and evaluation) for a variety of international organisations.


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Engaging research in the digital university: A civil society perspective 2014 - 2018
Understanding and Improving ‘Fair and Equitable Research Partnerships’ in Response to Global Challenges 2018