I am a PhD student on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment.
My research is focused on tropical deforestation caused by the expanding production of agricultural commodities such as palm oil. In particular, I am interested in the role played by private-sector commitments to "no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation" (NDPE) and "zero deforestation". My work involves using techniques from systems thinking to identify leverage points for change in global commodity supply chains. I am currently conducting research using Critical Systems Heuristics to investigate the issues surrounding the use of zero-deforestation policy in highly-forested countries, with fieldwork in Gabon and Liberia.
Prior to beginning my PhD, I completed a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. I have also worked on private-sector conservation at the HCV Resource Network and, prior to undertaking my MSc, spent 5 years working as a communications consultant in the healthcare sector.