Rachel joined Social Development Direct in March 2015, and was previously working as a freelance research consultant specialising in green growth and climate change for the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She holds an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex, and has a particular interest in the intersections between gender, natural resource issues and climate change. Prior to joining SDDirect, Rachel also worked as the coordinator for Development and Climate Days 2014, a COP20 side event which focused on reaching zero poverty and zero emissions within a generation, and travelled to Lima in December 2014 as part of this role. She has also lived and worked in north-east Brazil and has travelled extensively in central and south America as well as south-east Asia.
At SDDirect, Rachel has recently been part of the core team working on an assessment of the Care Pathways to Secure Livelihoods programme, a six country programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working on women’s economic empowerment in agriculture, and conducted fieldwork in Ghana as part of this role. She is also a Researcher on the DFID VAWG Helpdesk, for which she produces global evidence reviews and targeted analysis on aspects of gender-based violence. She has also worked on a number of other programmes including the DFID Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), DFID Voices for Change (V4C) and the DFID Somalia Implementation and Analysis in Action of Accountability Programme (IAAAP). Rachel has a background in political economy analysis and research on natural resource governance and green growth, with expertise on forest policies such as REDD+. She has also recently co-authored a paper on gender and low-carbon climate resilient development in the least developed countries.
As well as being a researcher, Rachel is also involved in campaigning on issues around social and environmental justice. She is part of the fossil fuel divestment movement and has a keen interest in feminist politics and the affordable housing movement.