Courtnae is a Commonwealth PhD Scholar (2017-2020) at Imperial College London's Centre for Environmental Policy, pursuing doctoral research under the supervision of Karen E. Makuch. Her research focuses on climate finance for developing countries, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals and Loss and Damage.
Growing up in the Caribbean Courtnae has always been involved with the environment and developed a desire to protect it. While pursuing her studies in Geography and Environmental Science at A’ levels she became more aware of the threats that not just the environment, but we as humans face because of our actions. To further understand the Earth System, she pursued her Undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus in Mathematics and Earth Sciences which she completed with First Class Honours. She later pursued an MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management at Imperial College because water scarcity was one of her main concerns regarding Climate Change. However, being a strict science student she decided to pursue the MSc Climate Change Management and Finance at Imperial College Business School to become a more rounded professional as she realised the response of businesses and industries to these effects is integral in managing the demands for resources and addressing foreseen challenges.
Having seen first-hand the effects of climate change that are already manifesting themselves in her home country and other developing countries, Courtnae decided to pursue research in climate finance policy which will facilitate effective deployment of climate change related finances to assist these countries in the sustainable development, adapting to climate change and addressing loss and damage.
Prior to starting her PhD, Courtnae interned at Statoil as a Sustainability Analyst and at Arup within the Advanced Technology and Research (AT R) climate change team.
She is also a National Scholar of her home country St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Academic Excellence.