Civil Society and Citizenship
Young people and the climate emergency
What matters to me
My research started from a concern with how issues of global development and global justice are understood and engaged with by citizens in the global North.
That research developed into a broader interest in citizenship and civil society and, most recently, volunteering. My initial interest in volunteering focused on international volunteers, and was an extension of my longer standing concern with how people who are not development professionals, engage with development and stuggles for global justice.
My current work is focused on the diverse ways volunteers from different parts of the world are engaged in in development and humanitarian settings. I am particularly interested in the roles of volunteers as innovators, the kinds of knowledge volunteering produces, and in the kinds of citizenship volunteering offers. Alongside this, I have an interest in co-production, as a subject for study as well as a way of working as an academic.
A growing interest for me is the roles of young people in shaping development and humanitarian action, including through volunteering, and particularly in relation to the climate emergency. I am particularly interested in the ways young people organise and lead climate action, and how this connects with the more formally programmed activities of NGOs and other actors.