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I am an environmental social scientist working across disciplines in the study of sustainability transformations, specifically water/fisheries governance in the context of rapid hydropower and infrastructural development in Southeast Asia. 

I draw on concepts and theories such as political ecology, complexity, social-ecological systems resilience, and critical institutionalism to explore 'wicked problems' (i.e., those with conflicting worldviews, values and epistemologies), and the role that conflict resolution, social learning and relationality might play in facilitating more sustainable and equitable outcomes for marginalised groups. I'm also interested in the role of policy frames, narratives and informal institutions in facilitating (or hindering) sustainability transformations.

In my work, I engage with the underlying ontological and epistemological debates around transformations and how we study complex systems, with an interest in the politics of knowledge production and alternative ways of knowing. 

I enjoy working across disciplines and epistemic groups, including engineers, natural scientists, social scientists, communities, and policymakers to explore the complex environmental challenges we face as a society.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability transformations governance
  • Critical political ecology
  • Water resources and fisheries governance
  • Environmental conflict
  • Social-ecological-technological systems (SETS) & resilience
  • Complexity studies (incl. relationality & social emergence)
  • Environmental justice

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Water and Environmental Engineering, Doctor of Science (tech.), Aalto University

01 Feb 201713 May 2022

Award Date: 13 May 2022

Water Security and International Development, Master of Science (with Distinction), University of East Anglia

01 Sept 201331 Jul 2014

Award Date: 31 Jul 2014

Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science (First Class with Honours), University of East Anglia

01 Sept 201031 Jul 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

External positions

Visiting researcher, Aalto University

01 Jul 2022 → …

Subject keywords

  • water governance
  • environmental engineering and management
  • political ecology
  • water resources management
  • environmental policy
  • sustainability
  • resilience
  • sustainability transformations
  • complexity


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