I have worked for over a decade with the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) in Ethiopia to implement various programs that support sustainable rural livelihoods by helping smallholder farmers and their families improve their productivity through improved natural resources management. The ISD works directly with communities, elders, children and youth, to actively encourage and enable them to revitalize cultural biodiversity practices. My research builds on this experience by investigating the socio-economic, political and ecological patterns of selected communities in Ethiopia and how they in turn impact social relations. Furthermore it explores the impact of biocultural diversity learning in local communities and how this might contribute to sustainable environmental education and development at a national scale. Ultimately these research findings will provide fertile ground for informing, teaching and inspiring non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
After completing my PhD, I began work as the General Coordinator of the African Biodiversity Network, based in Kenya. Continuing to build an intimate knowledge of biocultural diversity learning and experiences within local communities, I aim to promote sustainable development in a culturally diverse and environmentally rich Ethiopia.