I have a background in development studies and research, consultancy and project management experience in several countries, including Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Bolivia and the Philippines. I lived in Kenya for nearly four years, working and researching in the informal settlements of Nairobi as a project manager for an NGO, consultant for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and as a research associate at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi.
I have been involved in the process of the World Social Forum, particularly in its Nairobi event. I have also actively participated in grassroots campaigns focusing on the social, economic, and environmental rights of people living in informal settlements and civil society initiatives based in the global South around the issue of illegitimate debt. My training and teaching experience before joining UCL focused a lot on the intersection between globalisation and development.
I was involved in the DFID-funded participatory research initiative Participate: Knowledge from the margins for post-2015 to bring the perspectives of those who live in poverty or who are highly marginalised into the Sustainable Development Goals. I have also conducted multi-country participatory research for CAFOD and authored the COMPASS 2015 report presented during the UN General Assembly in 2013. I have also done some work for CAFOD to systematise lessons learnt from ongoing experiences and processes of involving people living in poverty into policy-making. The report provided suggestions for the implementation of the SDGs agenda. I am on the board of Catalytic Action, founded by former DPU students to design and create learning and play spaces for women, men and children affected by conflict or disaster.