Originally qualified as a Microbiologist, however, with professional and research experience in Environmental Assessment, my career interests are in developing strategies for integrating ecosystem services in policy and decision making. My experience and expertise lies in Ecosystem Services, Stakeholder Engagements, Environmental/Sustainability Assessments and the application of Geographic Information Systems for use in decision making within the corporate environment and environmental assessment.
My PhD Thesis:Tools and Techniques for Embedding an Ecosystem Approach in Spatial Planning. explored the best way to achieve integration of the Ecosystem Approach within environmental/sustainability assessments. It examined how the Ecosystem Approach can be employed to underpin considerations of the pivotal role of ecosystems services within environmental assessments and the decision making process. The use of a case study provided the focus for application of selected tools and techniques to the Ecosystem Approach, allowing for conclusions to be drawn and to facilitate the embedding process.
My research results develoed a Theoretical Framework of embedded Ecosystem Approach in Spatial Planning using EIA and SEA as tools; checklist for practical application of this theoretical framework; Application of Spatial Analysis of Ecosystem services using Geographical Information Systems to quantify ecosystem services. In addition, my research conducted engagement with local stakeholders to generate typology of ecosystems services using virtual platform, social networking site, Facebook, and conventional methods, such as, semi-structured interviews and surveys