Joining UBC Geography in July 2022
I am an interdisciplinary climate-migration scholar, and my research and teaching are at the intersections of gender, climate change, migration, health and development equity.
My teaching focuses on how gendered structures, geopolitical and sociocultural relations, climate change and ongoing development practices such as domestic and foreign investment affect the lives of migrants, non-migrants and return-migrants in diverse rural and urban contexts, and how to create inclusive opportunities for these groups. Similarly, my research uses a gendered lens to examine how diversely situated individuals and groups are affected by climate change, domestic and foreign investment, health inequalities and rural migration in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and other parts of the world. I am particularly interested in learning about the experiences of rural dwellers, women and those whose livelihoods depend on environmental/natural resources (e.g., farmers). I am also interested in understanding how factors such as gender, climate-vulnerability and migration status may act as social determinants of health.
Outside of academia, I have work experience with non-academic institutions such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), and development agencies. I have worked with the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) on issues of migration in the past, and currently work on the organisation’s Resilient Agricultural Livelihood Systems Programme.
Within SSA, I have done work in countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi.
My research and teaching interests are informed by my broader personal and professional goals of contributing towards ensuring that theory, policy and practice respond equitably to the needs of women, migrants, climate-affected and other marginalised groups.
My past and ongoing research have been funded by the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Hopper-Bhatia Canada Fellowship, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.