I gained a BSc in Combined Science (Economics and Computer Science) in 2001 from the University of Leicester. A preference for applied work and micro-economic analysis as well as a desire to work in environmental policy led me to decide to work in Environmental Economics. To that end I gained an MSc in Environmental Economics at UCL in 2004.
I moved directly from there to my first research position with WildCRU considering the efficiency of agri-environmental schemes. I since worked on a number of small projects before securing funding to begin my DPhil course in January 2007.
Given that the work was based around China I made stuttering forays into Mandarin and outside of work can be found frightening myself on climbing walls or being flattened attempting to play rugby.
Completing by DPhil at the end of 2010 (though VIVAs took a little longer) I worked for 11 months as a consultant with eftec before returning for a short contract recently.