Rachel completed her ESRC funded PhD at Newcastle University in 2011. Her doctoral research examined hydropower development in the lower Mekong, employing a theoretical framework combining political ecology and critical international relations theories to examine the actors and narratives promoting and contesting large mainstream dams.
Rachel’s career to date has focused on water resources development in both southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Rachel worked for the Mekong River Commission Secretariat in 2007-2008 and spent 4 years as a Fundraising and Communications Officer for a UK NGO working in Zambia and Mozambique.
In 2016-17 Rachel was an Alberman Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East water issues in the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.