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My research looks at how environmental technologies and markets for 'ecosystem services' are coming together to change human relationships with the non-human world. I also consider how these same technologies are deployed to enable more equitable post-capitalist futures.

I lead the MSc in International Development. Before joining Northumbria, I led the International Development programme at Nottingham Trent University. In 2016 I was a Post-doc Researcher at Colorado State University, looking at Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. Before that, I was based at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. My PhD research explored the political ecology of climate finance in Indonesia.

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External activity

Editor - Asia Pacific Viewpoint

Expert advisor - UNEP Blockchain for environmental sustainability working group

Expert advisor (climate change) - Asia New Zealand Foundation


Peer-reviewed publications

A full list of my publications is available via the Research Portal 


Non-peer reviewed articles

El Salvador is betting big on bitcoin - The Independent

Bitcoin: Why China's crackdown isn't enough - The Independent

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint - The Conversation

Bitcoin isn't getting greener - The Conversation

The downside of crypto donations - Coindesk

UK expands the Blue Belt - The Conversation

Can cryptocurrencies save indonesia's carbon forests? - Mongabay News

Who is Palau's Marine Sanctuary really for? - New Internationalist

Over the REDD+ Rainbow - The Jakarta Post


News interviews

Tesla, fossil fuels and Bitcoin - Newsweek

How crypto disrupted the philanthropy economy - Decrypt

Surveillance philanthropy - Vice World News

Crypto Climate Accord: Bitcoin greenwashing or game-changer? - Aljazeera

A guide to Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) - NBC Entertainment News (USA)

How effective is Palau's National Marine Sanctury - ABC News (Australia)

Bitcoin may soon consume more power than Australia - ABC News (Australia)

Cryptocurrency and climate change - Dorset Radio


Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD

18 Apr 201631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 18 Apr 2016


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