Rachel’s quest to answer the question of what she wants to be when she grows up has taken her on countless adventures from the beautiful highlands of Papua to the wilds of Southeast London. Born in Papua New Guinea and brought up in Indonesia, Rachel had ample opportunity to apply all she had learned about cross-cultural adaptation when she moved to Durham, where she balanced her studies with a mild obsession with Ultimate Frisbee.

Rachel has since trained as an anthropologist, obtaining a Masters in Research Methods and a PhD in Development Anthropology from Durham University. After six years of managing a community development project in North Peckham, Rachel moved to the remote highlands of Papua where she conducted a mixed-methods research project into the effect (and effectiveness) of primary education in a rural community of subsistence farmers. She worked with both indigenous and international stakeholders, including providing consulting for the director of an international NGO on evidence-based strategy and practice. As well as publishing, lecturing and presenting at conferences, Rachel enjoys teaching and training, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2017 she joined the Springfield Centre where she applies her expertise in research methods and anthropology to market systems development projects.