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Research Interests

My primary research interests are in understanding human attitudes to environmental resources through economic and psychological approaches, with a particular focus on how use and non- use values are assigned. My ultimate goal is to apply this understanding to effect behaviour change and achieve holistic sustainable development both locally and globally.

Research Focus

My current research focus is pedagogical in nature, with a key interest in approaches to the teaching of sustainable development, the use of digital learning in higher education, and how we might improve digital employability skills in non-ICT students.


I contribute to the BSc Environmental Management and MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development programmes across the topics of environmental psychology, behaviour change, sustainable economic systems, industry skills, and social science research methods.

I am module co-ordinator for LFE8032 Work Placement in Sustainable Development I and LFE8033 Work Placement in Sustainable Development II.

I assist in the delivery of the BioSci strand of the Pathway Opportunity Programme.


I am Digital Learning Lead for the School of Biological Sciences, and work to manage the transition to a Connected Learning model, through project implementation, dissemination of best practice and leading staff training.

I also serve as Chair of the Postgraduate Student Support Committee, and as a member of the School Exceptional Circumstances Committtee.

I represent the School of Biological Sciences as their Racial Equity Champion and am involved in University-wide work on the Race Equality Charter.

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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