I am from Aotearoa New Zealand. I moved to Auckland, New Zealand, in January 2017 with my husband and two daughters to take up a lectureship at Massey University. Before this, I spent the last few years in the beautiful town of Ithaca New York, completing a PhD in Development Sociology at Cornell University in Ithaca. I have previously lived and worked in several countries and different fields, including a couple of years living in rural Japan (Wakayama Province) teaching English and Japanese languages, raising pigs in Tuscany, and working as a certified personal instructor/ group fitness instructor and assistant physical therapist in New Zealand. I first visited Cambodia in 2005 to cycle through the country helping with a non-profit environmental education program, and I found myself curious to understand more about Cambodia's people and the complex historical and current relationships with other countries. I returned to Cambodia to study organic agriculture development programs as part of a Masters in Development Studies from Massey University in New Zealand. After finishing my Masters degree, I worked for three years at New Zealand's Development Education Organization ('Global Focus Aotearoa') as a researcher and editor of the magazine Just Change. I loved my work but I wanted to pursue deeper research into the issues that most concerned me when I worked in Cambodia: the landscape in rural areas that is rapidly changing as small farmers' land and forest land is converted to rubber, sugar, cassava and forest conservation concessions. My dissertation project examines this shift in land policy and agricultural practice, and looks at the changes brought by a recent land titling reform that attempted to solve land disputes by titling some of this concession land to small farmers. Please see my academia.edu page to read more about my research.