Host Institution: PUC Rio de Janeiro
As PRIMO’s Early Stage Research Fellow based at PUC-Rio and its think tank, the BRICS Policy Centre, my research will investigate BRICS countries’ engagement in South-South Development Cooperation by exploring how their development activities interact, conflict, or contrast on the ground, in developing nations.
This research connects with my academic background and professional experience. I hold a Masters of Philosophy degree in Russian and East European Studies from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a BA (Hons) in International Development with Politics from the University of Leeds. At Oxford, my research focused on the role of informal networks and governmental and non-governmental agencies in mitigating the vulnerability of marginalised groups in Ukraine. Prior to joining PRIMO, I gained a number of years experience in both the public and charity sectors, working on and in the former Soviet region. Voluntary experiences in the charity sector took me to Ukraine and Romania, where I worked with local NGOs and social enterprises; I also served as a founding trustee of a small charity, based between the UK and Uganda.
My research interests include issues relating to NGOs and civil society in development, and Russia in BRICS and its role in the former Soviet region.