Personal Research Narrative

This page provides a personal account of the various influences that shape my intellectual interests and work.

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Higher education

I obtained my undergraduate degree (a BSc. Environmental Geography) at University College London in 2013. Interdisciplinary by nature, my education there covered the full breadth of geography. In the physical sciences, I acquired the basics of hydrology, ecology, and climatology. On the social science side, I took courses in development studies, gendered geographies, and post-human ecologies. Friends I made at UCL also introduced me to a range of other disciplines, particularly anthropology, and political science.

I immediately followed this up with an MSc. Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. The emphasis there was more on the economics of climate change and sustainability. We covered theoretical questions, as well as the tools of environmental economists (cost-benefit analysis, payment for ecosystem services, and the like). I also took courses in the International Development department, focusing on complex emergencies (violent conflict and famine), and on global environmental politics. My dissertation at the LSE was titled Uncovering stakeholder perceptions of energy security and climate change in the UK shale gas debate: a critical discourse analysis.

In the fall of 2018, I joined the University of Cambridge Geography Department as a PhD student. My project is supervised by Mike Hulme, who also leads the research group I am part of: Geographies of Knowledge. Here, I have expanded to encompass literature from science and technology studies, intellectual history, and philosophy.

Work on the Sustainable Development Goals

The SDSN is a global network of universities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was set up in 2012 by the economist Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, at the request of UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon. I was hired to work with the Executive Director Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub on various research projects.