I work on and write about global and local issues, particularly social and environmental ones. I’m especially interested in helping make visible the politics and power imbalances that affect social and environmental justice; in finding and telling stories that matter; and in supporting groups working to improve their communities and our world.
This site reflects the time I’ve spent (more than 30 years!) working on international development, social, and environmental challenges, and equity and social justice, through research and analysis, program development and evaluation, writing, teaching, and network- and movement-building. It’s been rewarding, eye-opening, and thought-provoking. I’ve learned, among other things, that how we frame problems affects what we identify as solutions, that injustices are pervasive but can be addressed, and that solutions can come by working across disciplines, sectors, identities, and geographies to address complex problems.
I’m also influenced by an interdisciplinary education that includes an M.A. in International Affairs (Development Studies); travel and work in other countries (over 30 countries, almost 40 if you count airports–which you shouldn’t); and an interest in the roles of collective action, arts, and humour in fostering social change.
You can see more about my writing and work elsewhere on this site. I also blog on local environmental issues at www.greenlivingottawa.com.