Victoria has been working in the field of sustainable development for over eight years, as both a consultant and an academic. She is an interdisciplinary scientist with experience in ecological and social sciences, particularly linked to the mining and hydropower sectors. Her expertise lies in project management, coordinating and managing large multinational teams, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), biodiversity offsetting, stakeholder and community engagement, capacity building and conducting extensive field research.
Victoria has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and was based at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, in the Zoology Department. She worked on a project funded by the UK’s Darwin Initiative, “Achieving No Net Loss for communities and biodiversity and Uganda”. This project was a partnership between three UK and three Ugandan based organisations, including academic institutions, NGOs and a Ugandan government agency. Using the Bujagali and Isimba Hydropower Projects and associated Kalagala Offset in south-eastern Uganda as a case study, Victoria’s research explored how to integrate local poverty alleviation, wellbeing, equity and cultural heritage into biodiversity offsets to ensure no net loss to both biodiversity and communities in Uganda. During her time as a Post-doctoral Researcher at Bangor University and the University of Oxford, she expanded on this work, contributing to both Ugandan and international policy outputs.
Prior to this, Victoria worked as a Senior Environmental Scientist at SRK Consulting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her principal role was coordinating and project managing ESIAs and associated stakeholder engagement activities for large-scale mining projects in the DRC that meet international best practice standards (e.g. IFC Performance Standards). She also carried out environmental reviews and audits for mines in South Africa.
Victoria has several publications in leading academic journals and is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions. She holds an MSc in Zoology from the University of Oxford and a BSc (Hons) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is now based in our Oxford office.