Experience

 

PhD: Modelling the impacts of climate change on European sheep and goat systems, SRUC and University of Edinburgh
Oct 2016 - present, Edinburgh, UK
My PhD focuses on the impacts of changes in atomospheric CO2 concentrations, elevated temperature and changes in water availability on sheep and goat systems throughout Europe. So far I have concentrated on the impacts of climate change on the yield and nutritional quality of European pastures. I am planning to model the expected changes to different pasture types for various climate change scenarios. This will lead to work on how small ruminant offtake is expected to change and whether livestock will be able to meet their feed requirements on future pastures. This will culminate in looking at how small ruminant breeding goals could be altered to enable the breeding of animals which are better adapted to future climates. This work is part of the iSAGE initiative and is funded by Horizon 2020.


Freelance Consultant
Feb 2015 - July 2016, The Netherlands
I provided consultancy and research services to NGOs, focusing on social and environmental sustainability in the food sector. I created country and sector profiles, coordinated field research, conducted statistical analysis, wrote external reports, liased between different organisations and conducted monitoring and evaluation activities. I also co-organised and spoke at a conference in Morocco in March 2016. This was managed by Fairfood International and local trade union the FNSA. It included representatives from government, the private sector, civil society and academia.


Junior Consultant, Questionmark
Jan 2015 - Feb 2015, Amsterdam, NL
Questionmark is a non-profit organisation which provides information to consumers about the sustainability of the products they buy. I researched human rights issues in fresh produce supply chains and developed a system to automatically categorise these, based on their severity, the reliability of the the data sources, and other inputs.


Senior Campaign Assistant, Fairfood International
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014, Amsterdam, NL
Fairfood International is an international non-profit organisation advocating for a sustainable and fair global food system. I was part of the Morocco Hotspot, working to improve labour conditions for workers in the Moroccan tomato sector.


Researcher, Fairfood International
Nov 2012 - Oct 2013, Amsterdam, NL
Fairfood International is an international non-profit organisation advocating for a sustainable and fair global food system. I researched various topics relating to food and sustainability, including carbon footprint initiatives, sustainability standards, corporate CSR policies and environmental, social and economic barriers to sustainability in both India and Morocco.


Intern, Northfield Ecocentre
Jan 2011 - Jul 2012, Birmingham, UK
Northfield Ecocentre offers practical and inspiring ideas and advice on how to green up your lifestyle, home or business. It operates a wide range of services, activities, and events across a variety of themes. These include energy saving, home energy makeovers, organic gardening, sustainable transport, tree planting, recycling, real nappies and much, much more.


Active Travel Champion, Sustrans
May 2012 - July 2012, Birmingham, UK
Sustrans is a leading UK charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It works with communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people can choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys and enjoy better, safer spaces to live in. I promoted the benefits of cycling in schools and at community events.


Freelance Recycling-Site Finder, Traid
Jun 2011 - Sept 2011, Coventry and Birmingham, UK
TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. It turns clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the clothing industry. I approached businesses and organisations to market the idea of hosting a clothes bank on their land.



More details of all positions can be found on my LinkedIn profile.