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Curriculum vitae

I am a researcher, analyst and consultant with 30+ years of experience working with decision-makers at national and international levels. Supporting the synergies between environmental, economic and social goals in business strategies and policy development has always been fundamental in my work. Creating win-win solutions helps build alliances and facilitates change that would otherwise be hard to achieve.

I find effective research-policy-practice linkages very important. Scientific concepts and theory need to be translated into practical solutions.

I enjoy international and cross-cultural collaboration, constructive dialogue, connecting different agendas, crossing disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and cross-cutting analysis. My institutional affiliations are in Finland, Norway, Portugal, Italy and Germany.

My international experience includes a senior position in the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, two years with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in W Africa, my MSc and PhD studies in the UK, and development cooperation with partners in central and eastern Europe as well as Africa.

Research interests

Key thematic focus areas in my work are:

- innovation processes, projects, initiatives, networks and policies in sustainable development;

- sustainable agricultural and rural development, agri-environment, agri-food systems;

- transitions towards resource-efficient low carbon economies, urban-rural relations.


My core competence areas are:

- Strategic analyses, and programme and project development for international funding

- Networking, communication, proposal writing and consortium building

- Organisational development, coaching of teams, facilitation and learning

- Results-oriented management of programmes and processes.

- Evaluation and integrated impact assessments.

Education/Academic qualification

Agricultural Economics, Development Economics, PhD, Cranfield University, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Food Production and Rural Land Use

1 Sep 19861 Dec 1987

Award Date: 1 Dec 1987

Agronomy, Crop Physiology, Environmental Sciences , MSc, Reading University, Faculty of Agriculture and Food

1 Sep 19801 Aug 1981

Award Date: 1 Aug 1981

International Agriculture, Development Cooperation, BSc, Kassel University, Department of International Agriculture

1 Oct 19771 Jul 1980

Award Date: 1 Jul 1980

Fields of Science

  • 511 Economics

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.