Research at Leeds Beckett
About Oriel Kenny
Oriel previously worked as a development practitioner in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Longterm assignments have included working with women's groups at grassroots level in northern Kenya with the Kenya Civil Service, working in an international non-government organisations in community participation and micro-enterprises and for the UK Department For International Development (DFID) in a Bolivian/UK agricultural research institution researching small farmers' experiences with cover crops and livestock as alternatives to slash and burn in the eastern Amazon. More recently, Oriel took leave of absence to work with the Department of Feeder Roads in Ghana as a Social Development Advisor involved with scaling-up public participation in development planning, and introducing this methodology into national policy in the road sector.
Prior to working at Leeds Beckett University, Oriel lectured at the Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID) at the University of Bradford and undertook research/consultancy assignments in Ghana, Nicaragua, Chile, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.
Currently, Oriel is a member of the course team in Applied Global Ethics and leads on global development. Her research interests encompass the interplay of development theory and practice, gender in work and public life, community participation and rural sustainability and post-conflict reconstruction.
- MA Peace & Development: Global Perspectives on Development, Post-conflict reconstruction & peace-building, Development Management,
- UG IR & Global Development, Politics
- 3rd year: Development in Practice, Politics of the Global South.
- 2nd year: Understanding Socio-economic Development
- 1st year: Challenges of Development
Currently Oriel researches post-conflict reconstruction with particular reference to the creation of non NR-based employment. This is a new and growing field which also relates to potential consultancy.