Research background

 My research and writing in both academic and professional settings have   thus far focused on two distinct but interrelated themes:

i) the analysis of the interplay between natural resource conflicts (primarily related to land and oil), discourses of indigeneity, and social movements

ii) the study of health-related determinants such as food security, nutrition, and access to water and sanitation, as well as the gendered nature of access to these resources.

Research interests

 My interests lie at the intersections of:

  • rural livelihoods
  • natural resource management
  • climate change
  • (renewable) energy
  • land
  • food and nutrition security

 My theoretical interests fall within the realms of:

  • political ecology
  • critical agrarian studies
  • feminist and queer theory
  • critical GIS

Current research projects

My doctoral research at Clark University focuses on the implications of large-scale renewable energy development for rural access to land and rural livelihoods in Senegal. I also continue to work as a Senior Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

My Google Scholar profile is here.

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Photo: Mara van den Bold 2017 / Gisenyi, Rwanda