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July 2016 - Present

Freelance editor & writer

  • Editing and writing different products, including reports, briefings, editorials, annual reviews, research papers and technical guidance.

  • Rapporteuring meetings on a range of topics, from pandemic flu to antimicrobial resistance to essential medicines.

  • Training NGO staff to write clearly for a general audience.

  • Recent clients include WHO, LEGO, PAHO, RJC, UK DHSC and IIED.

September 2010 - June 2016

Staff writer | IIED

IIED is a policy and action research organisation that promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect environments. As staff writer, I worked with researchers and partners to publish articles and reports that stimulate debate and inform policy. Key achievements include:

  • Writing and editing briefings, event papers, meeting reports, donor reports, internal reports, research reports and blogs among others.

  • Leading communication strategies for individual projects.

  • Managing IIED's annual reports, including developing concepts, editing and writing content, and working with a design team.

  • Developing capacity-building tools to improve writing skills within the institute, including style guides and training programmes.

June 2006 - September 2010

Commissioning editor | SciDev.Net

SciDev.Net is an online provider of news, views and analysis of information about science and technology for global development. I ran SciDev.Net's oped desk, helping researchers, policymakers and journalists to communicate their research. Key achievements include:

  • Writing and editing editorials, features, news, blogs and marketing materials.

  • Commissioning, editing and occasionally ghostwriting weekly opinion articles from researchers and columnists.

  • Commissioning, editing and writing regular collections of material (called "spotlights") around relevant and timely topics, for example nanotechnology for clean water, reducing forest emissions, solar power for the poor, remote sensing for natural disasters and nutrition in the developing world.

March 2004 - June 2006

Correspondence editor | Nature

Nature is the world’s most highly cited weekly journal publishing peer-reviewed research in science and technology. Key achievements include:

  • Editing the Correspondence pages.

  • Writing a weekly ‘Quantified’ slot and creating content for two internal websites.

  • Project managing an author and referee services programme, including founding a quarterly magazine for authors (Nurture), managing a community website, and compiling and analysing company-wide publishing statistics.



1999 - 2003

PhD Remote Sensing | UCL

Thesis: Mapping forest parameters using geostatistics and remote sensing data.

For my PhD I built a suite of modelling tools for processing and interpreting satellite and air photo data, which I used to monitor temporal changes in forest cover in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam and in Mongu District, Zambia. As part of my research, I spent six weeks in the field in Vietnam, working with park scientists, local researchers and international development partners.

1998 - 1999

MSc Remote Sensing | UCL


Courses: remote sensing of the atmosphere, vegetation science, agricultural applications, global change monitoring, sensors and technology, data handling and analysis.

Thesis: Establishment of an operational inversion technique for multi-directional data from CHRIS (Compact High-Resolution Imaging Spectrometer).

My MSc thesis was part of the technology demonstration project for CHRIS (and the small satellite it was launched on, PROBA-1). PROBA-1 was originally designed as a two-year project but two decades after launch it remains operational, providing very valuable hyperspectral, multi-angular data to scientists all over the world.

1994 - 1998

MA Geography | Edinburgh University

First class honours.

Courses (eg): earth surface systems, environmental sensitivity and change, geomorphology, biogeography, glacial

geomorphology, remote sensing.

Thesis: Sustainability of agriculture in arid areas: an evaluation and a case study.

1992 - 1994

I.B. | Greengates School, Mexico City

39 points plus 150 hours creativity, action, service

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