Kate joined Christian Aid in 2013 after completing her PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on the challenges and dilemmas of integrating participatory and rights-based approaches to development.
She has worked in the international development sector for the past 20 years, initially based in Mexico, then at ActionAid in the UK, where she coordinated a global programme. She has also been a consultant to various international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) while studying for her Phd, and worked at the Open University.
Throughout all these roles she has linked her passion for adult learning and social change with a belief that there should be better opportunities to bring multiple perspectives and different knowledge into debates about what ‘good development’ looks like.
At heart she is a practitioner with a strong commitment to fighting for social justice, but believes that both the NGO and academic worlds have a lot to offer and learn from each other. As part of supporting learning and exchange between the sectors she has developed toolkits and practical resources aimed at practitioners, while also contributing to peer reviewed journals and editing collections.
Kate speaks English, Spanish and French.