My main research interests are rural change and development in the global south, the interaction between states, NGOs and smallholders, efforts to curb or mitigate deforestation and its effects on local populations, as well as the ideology and functioning of bureaucracy.
I wrote my PhD thesis on the emergence and working of the afro-Brazilian movement in the state of Bahia, Brazil. I explored how ideas of race and ethnicity were circulated within a global network of NGOs and social movements, and the effects of these ideas on afro-Brazilian social movements and NGOs.
Since 2011 I have been involved in a comparative research program, which explores policies and practices to curb and mitigate deforestation in the global south, and the impacts of these actions on smallholders, who live in or adjacent to the forest areas. My research within the project has been conducted in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon, and in the highlands of Tanzania. The project also includes research in Nepal.
I teach various subjects within the master program of rural development and natural resource management, and the agronomy program of rural development. My teaching is mainly focused on social theory and methodology, development theory, policies, global food systems, food security and thesis writing.