About


I provide strategic policy and research advisory on food, the environment and human health.

Over the past 17 years, I’ve supported decision-makers in the UK, at EU level and in international organisations to make better policies for our food systems. I explore the relationships between scientific research, the development of new technologies, agriculture, health and nutrition, and environmental protection. Across these I have covered issues not only from ‘farm to fork’, but from ‘lab to fork’, particularly the role of scientific research and innovation in transforming the food chain.

I was formerly Director of the Innovation, Health and Science Group at RAND Europe. Prior to that I led the food chain policy team within the Climate, Environment and Food Practice at ICF. I also led a programme of independent research on the development and use of plant biotechnologies in agricultural development and their implications for food security.

I am the recipient of a U.S. National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the SV Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in natural resource economics and political economy at the University of California, Berkeley.

I hold a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from Harvard University and a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Barnard College, Columbia University.

My greatest strength is my determination and drive to get things done, which means I’m focused and reliable. I see all of my projects as a collaboration to produce the best possible results and as an independent researcher I have a high degree of flexibility to provide you with advice and support.

I believe food is something more than what we put on the table – it is integral to people and the planet. If you share these beliefs, let’s have a conversation. You can contact me here.


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