Lorna’s main contribution to this project is in the area of data analysis, using her training in economics to assure the quality of the research output. A people-centred ethos is, however, one of the qualities of this project that Lorna particularly appreciates.
Lorna’s interests lie in poverty alleviation and social justice, and she has worked with development NGOs for over a decade before pursuing these interests at the University of Reading. Her research shows that money and systems, although essential considerations, should not be the only issues that preoccupy community development practitioners; we also need to pay attention to how individuals choose to treat one another, one-on-one. People who react to the needs and interests of others are found to be instrumental in bringing communities together, building relationships in which each party can function more effectively and thereby enhancing quality of life. More about Lorna’s research into the role of interpersonal relationships and their effect on community outcomes can be read in her book, ‘Giving behaviours and social cohesion: How people who ‘give’ make better communities.’