Thank-you for visiting my little corner of the internet! This is my place to showcase my academic and professional profile, and to share updates on my activities and my thoughts on a variety of topics (both academic and personal interest).

I am a New Zealander with strong personal and research links to Central America, and with current research interests in Fiji and Papua New Guinea, which makes for a very interesting combination of cultures. My research interests range from volunteer tourism to ICT & social media for development, to CSR and Corporate Community Development.  Underpinning all this is an interest in globalisation and in new actors in development (it’s not just about governments and ‘charities’ any more!). In 2012 I completed a PhD in the Institute of Development Studies at Massey University, where I am now working as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer, with a minor sideline in website maintenance.

Although I am currently living the life of an overworked academic it wasn’t always that way. My background is in nursing, I am a Registered Comprehensive Nurse in NZ, and have experience in Internal Medicine and Occupational Health, as a Clinical Trial Coordinator and as a Primary Health Care Nurse. I have also been a volunteer with Mercy Ships in the Pacific, Asia and Central America, and with various medical brigades in Honduras. It was my experience on Mercy Ships and travels in the ‘developing’ world which sparked my interest in International Development and which eventually led to a Master’s degree- and then a PhD in Development Studies.

I am married to Luis, a Honduran and we are the proud parents of a beautiful Kiwi – Honduran. Our daughter was born in 2005, right after completion of the first draft of my Master’s thesis.


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