Research at Leeds Beckett
About Oriel Kenny
Oriel has 30 years experience as a global development specialist and previously worked as a development practitioner in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America both with rural communities and at policy level. She is an academic and practitioner, emphasising the two-way process of learning between the field and the university.
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 and in an international non-government organisation in community participation and micro-enterprises,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 Politics and International Relations specialising in global development. Her research interests encompass the interplay of development theory and practice, community participation and rural sustainability, post-conflict reconstruction and gender in work and public life.
PIR Politics & International Relations:
- 3rd year: Development in Practice, Gender and Development
- 2nd year: Understanding Socio-economic Development
- 1st year: Politics, Ethics and Justice
Following participation in an FP7 project 'Aguasocial' bringing together the universities of Roma, Barcelona and Leeds Beckett together with two Brasilian universities, Oriel continues to research the relationship between small farmers and agricultural support organisations in Amazonas region with Braslian colleagues.
She has also recently worked on improving access to water, energy and mobile phones in the Gambia.
Having worked in several remote rural areas affected by conflict, she continues to investigate post-conflict reconstruction with particular reference to the creation of non NR-based employment.
PhD student supervision includes women's empowerment through financial inclusion in Nigeria and farmers organisations in Uganda.