I am an early career socio-legal researcher with growing expertise at the intersection of feminist philosophies of law, public health law, international human rights law and international environmental law. My previous research has focussed on Black feminist approaches to food justice and the Human Rights to food, health and adequate standard of living. I have been invited to speak, and/or written about, the utility of strategic litigation and legal mobilisation; food and environmental sustainability and justice; epistemic injustice and the decolonisation of knowledge production; African women’s land rights; racialised health inequities and legal determinants of health; and Black feminisms. My research is necessarily interdisciplinary, drawing from concepts and theories in feminist philosophy, critical human geography and sociology.
I read Law (LL.B with Honours) at the University of Sheffield, where I also undertook an LL.M in Public International Law (Human Rights Pathway). I attended Bar School in Nairobi, Kenya where I was also called to the Kenyan Bar as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (currently non-practicing). Prior to my PhD, also at the University of Sheffield, I gained 5 years experience of public interest/strategic litigation and legal advocacy particularly against development-forced displacement of Indigenous communities for the purposes of natural resource extraction. It is here that my interests in law and social movements/ law and social justice developed. I joined the University of Leicester in September 2023, from the University of Reading where I was a Lecturer in Law and the Deputy Director of the Law, Justice and Society Research cluster at the Law school.
I primarily engage in empirical, socio-legal research. My research is emancipatory and seeks to centre the perspectives and lived experiences of marginalised and underserved groups. I have a keen interest in black women’s lived experiences of food poverty, health and environmental inequalities and harms, and the (in)effectiveness and of the law in bringing about social change. During the COVID-19 pandemic I was a Senior Research Assistant in the Centre for Health Law and Society, at the University of Bristol’s School of Law. There I worked with Prof John Coggon on a £1.4 million UKRI funded collaborative research project between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol, Edinburgh, University College London, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, in the Public Health and Health Inequalities workstream. I have extensive experience of public engagement in various contexts within and beyond academia, including disseminating research on the ethics of racialised public health inequalities in a forum in Westminster (May 2022).