Associate Professor Sally Lloyd-Evans has led the research-side of this project since 2014. Sally writes, “My work is about using participatory research to empower communities to act for social change… I believe in helping people to undertake research that enables communities to tackle policy issues from the grassroots.”
Growing up in Mexico City, Sally saw first-hand the effects of poverty and inequality on development. This sparked a lifelong interest in how communities grow and survive, and inspired her career in geography. After completing a PhD in Development Geography, Sally worked in Mexico and Trinidad before studying issues of development in the UK, applying her research skills to examine local questions around poverty and deprivation. Sally believes in co-producing research with local people and breaking down barriers using participatory methods, which empowers local communities and allows projects and their impact to be sustainable long-term.