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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

I have extensive grassroots-level experience in more than 25 countries immersing myself in, and engaging with, Indigenous peoples and local communities, along with their knowledge systems, beliefs and practices. Alongside my academic work, I am a committed activist defending territories of life and their defenders, and in support of decolonized and decentralized governance systems. In trying to understand global processes of so-called “development”, I have also been drawn to the nuances and universalities in cross-cultural human-nature relations, knowledge transmission, and perceptions of happiness and wellbeing.

I have on several occasions worked with national government and inter-ministerial policy groups in attempts to assist the incorporation of more holistic and integrated sustainability indicators (e.g. Ecological Footprint, Gross National Happiness) into decision-making. With 20 years of experience evaluating international cooperation projects worldwide, and following principles of permaculture, my previous research looks at the ways in which the promotion and imposition of various forms of so-called “development” programmes – in the ways of mainstream systems of education, politico-spiritual governance, and natural resource management (including top-down conservation strategies) - affect local cultures, environments, knowledge systems, and overall wellbeing.

I am Honorary member of the ICCA Consortium, in which I sat in the Executive Committee/Council for several years. I am also Member of the Centre of Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) and Ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). I have also worked as Scientific Advisor for the Pocket Project, helping to address and integrate individual, ancestral and collective trauma in a fragmented world.


Education information

Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Oct 1999 - Apr 2004)
B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (Oct 1995 - Jun 1999)

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • knowledge systems
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • 5203 Global Development Studies
  • Sustainability
  • human-environment relations
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Conservation

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.