Cocoa farm in South Cameroon

Public speaking

I regularly provide talks about my research through the UVic Speakers Bureau, a community service of the University of Victoria, and the only university-wide bureau of its kind in Canada.

I have spoken to a range of audiences from French-immersion elementary school children to senior citizens associations about the topic: Sustainability of Chocolate: Where Does my Chocolate Come from and Why does it Matter?

For more information, or to book a presentation, please see Uvic Speakers Bureau.

Policy work

I work at the intersection between science and environmental policy— offering holistic solutions based on transdisciplinary methods and political viability. See below map for an overview and some examples of my applied work on the policy-science interface.

A particular focus of my research and policy analysis in the last ten years has been framing the need for forest governance frameworks that combine climate finance through REDD+ with global value chains that are often driving land use change in the Global South.

Gadaa elders, traditional knowledge holders in Ethiopia.

Forestry Department staff and local community members, and NGO representatives.

Deforestation hotspot caused by small-scale mining.