I am a sociologist and cultural geographer by education, a researcher, policy analyst and project manager by profession and a people’s person by nature.
My Core Values
Keep innovating and investigating new ideas in order to find solutions to the major societal challenges of our time by being in constant dialogue with people on the ground.
I am a sociologist, cultural geographer, a rural policy analyst and a project manager with over 10 years of research experience in managing, developing and designing a variety of interdisciplinary and complex research projects with multiple stakeholders and partners from many countries (including Horizon 2020, Interreg, ERDF) in research and governmental institutions, NGO’s and commercial companies across the UK and The Netherlands.
My expertise lies in designing and delivering successful projects within the planned timescales and budgets, including, KE, data management, quality assurance, risk frameworks, staff resources and liaising with multiple stakeholders/partners at different seniority levels. I have led a variety of multi-disciplinary projects in the field of rural sociology, social innovation, placed-based rural development, rural economy, rural and islands development, micro-small-business and lifestyle entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, community resilience, community empowerment, community energy, sustainable development and low-carbon governance.
Currently I work at Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI) as a postdoc researcher on a three-year (3 million Euro budget) Horizon 2020 project called EnergyPROSPECTS (PROactive Strategies and Policies for Energy Citizenship Transformation) on ‘The role of intermediaries, ICT, transactions and institutional arrangements and governance’.
As a sociologist, my work has focused on social innovation, community resilience, empowerment, rural economy and entrepreneurship, participatory governance, rural poverty and migration, transitions towards Enabling States and social inequalities.
As an energy scientist my expertise includes, energy democracy and citizenship, the role of communities in low-carbon/clean-energy transitions, low-carbon governance, community renewables, transformative agency and theory of transformative innovation, human and socio-centred approach to energy transitions, renewable energy policy/politics, social, environmental and climate justice.