Senior Editor, Content Development (Socioeconomics, Human Science)
I’ve been producing content for CABI’s socioeconomics area since 1985. On leaving the party capital of the North, Newcastle upon Tyne, with a B.Sc. in agricultural economics, I joined CABI as an abstractor based in the far more sedate city of Oxford. I am now responsible for the development of the database in the agricultural economics, rural development, and leisure, recreation and tourism fields – 3 areas of research I love.
I am also involved with a great DFID project. Aiming to become a leading knowledge resource for communication of research in development, the Research for Development Project is a portal for DFID funded research. My role involves writing case studies and detailed records of current and past DFID research projects across a wide variety of topics (from health to transport) important to developing countries.
In response to database users’ demands, I am also working on CABI’s Full Text Select initiative – as the coordinator for acquiring access to the full text content in journals from around the globe, it is particularly rewarding when we get a ‘yes’ to inclusion in our repository – it is good to know that valuable, but sometimes hard-to-find documents can then be found alongside the main-stream literature. Researchers are now getting full text access to many more documents that are relevant to them, not just those that are readily available.
I love spending time with my two teenage children (no, honestly!), and passions include: modern art, design, live music, and last but not least supporting Queens Park Rangers football club (all messages of sympathy are welcome, except for ‘well someone has to’……).