After completing a Masters on globalisation, alongside work which exposed me to the variety of approaches institutions and individuals take to address climate change and promote ‘sustainability’, I decided to focus on relocalisation and practical sustainability. I embarked on a year-long permaculture course in Bristol intended to equip participants with the practical tools for grassroots solutions to contemporary global challenges. Through this course I became interested in herbalism and sought further learning opportunities and occasions to engage in the political and community potential of herbalism. My current research blends these experiences, as I explore how engagement with local ecology can promote overall better well-being in a socially and ecologically sustainable manner.
- MSc Social Science Research Methods, Cardiff University (2018-2019)
- Dissertation: Nurturing human-nature relationships through the practice of wild medicine
- MSc Globalisation and Latin American Development, UCL Institute of Americas, Distinction (2014-2016)
- Dissertation: Contested notions of sustainability in the Argentine soya industry
- Awards: UCL Excellence Bursary; Allende Best Dissertation 2016; Dean’s List 2016
- BA International Development and Spanish, University of Leeds, First Class (2008-2012)
- Political ecology, relocalisation and regenerative socio-ecologies
- Ontology of socio-nature, materialism(s)
- Epistemologies and (indigenous) knowledge forming
(Re)Enchantment in the margins: Medicinal plant socio-ecologies in Brazil and the UK (working title)
This research explores how medicinal plants as a human-nature nexus might help bridge the ‘epistemic rift’ that seems to characterise social-ecological relations based on industrialism and capitalism. The research involves a parallel study of communities at two ends of the industrial spectrum which engage with and use medicinal plants as a medium for socio-ecological participation. The first in southern Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil – an area of intensive soya, maize and sugar cane production – impacted by agro-extraction and exportation, the second, in and around Bristol, a city with an industrial history characterised by consumption of importation, but where a herbalist community is growing. Through the research I will attend to questions over the ontology of ‘socio-nature’ and explore how these are present in two different products of time and place.