My experience has been multidisciplinary, including first and second hard research in a number of sectors. In 2009, I graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Development Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Spanish and Peace and Conflict Studies. From 2009 to 2011, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Queensland Government Office of Clean Energy, preparing policy guidelines for small-scale clean energy installations, and research regarding the national carbon price. I graduated with honours in Social Science in 2011. My honours research examined the contribution of urban agriculture to community resilience to climate change. I was awarded a grade of first class. From 2011 to 2012, I worked in Bangladesh with CARE as Research and Communications Officer. I coordinated a project evaluation, prepared grant applications, prepared a literature review on women’s empowerment and edited a range of documents.
In 2013, began my PhD research into the impact of climate change on food security in southwest Bangladesh, and the ways in which women farmers are adapting. My first year confirmation will take place early 2014, followed by fieldwork in southwest Bangladesh.
In late 2012, I was involved as a Research Assistant in the ARC Discovery Project ‘Governing Food Security in Australia in an Era of Climate Change: A Sociological Analysis’.