Her research advances a systems understanding of the ways in which power relations in specific contexts may shape cross-sectoral partnerships, influencing which partners may be included and excluded (elements); how these elements relate to each other (relations); and the partnership that is produced (system).
She joined the Public-Private Partnership Center as Head of Research in August 2016. She also holds a Visiting Research Fellowship at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD, 2015-16). Previously, she successfully led a UK Research Councils-funded programme on knowledge exchange between research and policy at CSaP (University of Cambridge, 2013-15). She has also successfully completed international consultancies for organisations in the academic, government, private and voluntary sectors, including the UK government, Arup International, UNESCO, the Belgian government, and ActionAid.
In her previous role as Oxfam GB’s Head of Education and Youth Policy (UK), she led an extensive programme of policy research and advocacy. Prior to this, she worked in senior managerial roles in the private sector in China and Spain. Originally from Zimbabwe, she completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge (2013). She also holds a PGCE from the University of Oxford (1996) and two MScs from Southampton University in International Relations (2009 & 2001, with distinction). Her working languages are English, French and Spanish.