Office: G5a, Thoday Building, Deiniol Road
Phone number: +44 (0) 1248 382457
Since 2007, I have been involved in a wide range of international research and development projects mainly focusing on smallholder farming systems and livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa. My focus has been the study of local agro-ecological knowledge and ecosystem service trade-offs that people are making on a daily basis. Through understanding local contexts, it is hoped that future projects can design more appropriate 'development interventions' that will meet livelihood needs as well as reduce land degradation processes.
I teach on the following MSc level modules: DDL-4004 Agroforestry Systems & Practices; DXX-4505 Natural Resource Management; DXX-4527 Research Planning & Communication; DXX-4019 Natural Resource Development; DXX-4538 Forestry Field Course; DDL-4545 Tropical Forestry Study Tour.
I am the module organiser for DDL-4004 Agroforestry Systems & Practices and DXX-4019 Natural Resource Development.
I supervise MSc student dissertation projects that have a local knowledge/livelihood/food security focus.
I am the personal tutor for distance learning MSc Tropical Forestry students.
Outside of the University, I run a small charity (Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation) that works in close partnership with a community based organisation in Central Kenya. We work together to provide outreach services to vulnerable young people that have been orphaned. This is through a range of activities, including life skills workshops, creative therapy sessions, vocational training and formal education, nutritional kitchen gardening, chicken and rabbit rearing, and providing a study space and mentorship.