I am a feminist social anthropologist with a career in international development policy and practice, including long-term experience of working and living in Africa, India and more recently in Latin America. I also worked at the London headquarters of the Department for International Development (DFID) as Chief Social Development Advisor. Now retired from a post as Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, I have continued to teach occasionally at the Institute and am also Associate Faculty in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. Between 2007-2013 I was a member of the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and was a trustee of Action Aid UK between 2010 and 2018. I have recently changed my research interests to British social history.
Most of this site deals with my research publications from when I was working at IDS but there is also a page about my historical research and another providing links to some videos I have made of conversations with feminist friends.