JPE paper on representations and storytelling at European Researchers’ Night

IMG_20180325_100331It is that time of year again – I am privileged to be part of a great line-up at European Researchers’ Night/Science Uncovered organised by the wonderful Manchester Museum team. As part of their storytelling activities, I will be reflecting on our experience of taking our Master’s students on fieldwork to Uganda’s national parks: “Would you like to live next to elephants?” Should be great fun again!

I have also just had a paper published in the Journal of Political Ecology (thank you very much to Simon Batterbury and everyone at JPE). This is based on my PhD research and discusses how representations matter, tracing links between drivers, power dynamics and public-facing communication in cocoa sustainability. Thoughts and comments very welcome!


Roundup of last year

A lot has happened! And I am finally getting round to updating the blog. In addition to the writing listed here, there are a few articles in the works also (two currently under review, two more to be submitted to a journal fairly soon) – watch this space.


Conference papers/presentations: 

Public engagement:

  • September 2018: Science Uncovered, Manchester Museum. Storytelling about conservation and development issues/accompanying Master’s students on fieldwork.
  • July 2018: Community Festival, University of Manchester.
  • June 2018: Envirolutions Festival, Manchester.
  • November 2017: Cocoa Sustainability Challenge hosted by Manchester Museum as part of ESRC Festival of Social Science. Materials for Cocoa Sustainability Challenge will soon be available online on
  • October 2017: Instagram videos published through University of Manchester as part of National Chocolate Week on cocoa, sustainability and fair trading (67,000 views). Supporting blog post on development@manchester.
  • September 2017: Science Uncovered/European Researchers’ Night, Manchester Museum. Lightning talk, I love research and Storytelling about cocoa sustainability.


  • June 2018. Nominated for teaching award as ‘Most supportive member of staff’Awards:
  • May 2018. Commended for public engagement work by University of Manchester’s ‘Making a Difference’ Awards.