I am a writer and researcher in sustainability and wellbeing, based in Hobart, Tasmania. I specialise in holistic visions for sustainability and wellbeing, in particular a Latin American concept called Buen Vivir (the Good Life).
I hold a PhD in Law and Business from Swinburne University’s Centre for Social Impact. My PhD research was focused on how we can implement Buen Vivir and has led me to develop a framework for community-led sustainability and wellbeing. I also hold a Master’s in International Law and International Relations from the University of New South Wales; Bachelors and Honours degrees in International Studies (sub-major in communications); and, a Diploma in Freelance Journalism from the Australian College of Journalism.
Before embarking on a PhD, I worked as a sustainability consultant in Melbourne, and in Marketing, public relations and communications in international trade and public affairs in Sydney.
I have always had a passion for environmental and social issues, but it wasn’t until I was working as a sustainability consultant that I began to become disenfranchised with how the same story was being told over and over. There was very little substantial change. At that time I had decided to do some volunteering in South America, and ended up spending a few months in the cloud forests of Ecuador, where I came across this concept of Buen Vivir. It intrigued me as a possible solution to the way sustainability was being approached, but it seemed vague. Wanting to find out if Buen Vivir could be a viable alternative to the current way of looking at the world, my research journey began.
My other passion – writing – has been with me since I was a child. Now I’m enjoying combining my passions to write and research on vital environmental and social issues that involve us all.
I am always open to discussion consulting, education, collaboration or publication opportunities. Please get in touch with me here.