As Communications and Marketing Officer, James is responsible for the dissemination of ISSUP and ICUDDR content and the maintenance of virtual networks. He joined ISSUP in January 2020 and brings ten year’s experience working on non-profit communications within international development, policy influence and campaigning contexts. With five years of this spent leading communications and grassroots campaigns for national and international NGOs.
James began his career in the communications consultancy sector. During this time he worked on numerous projects including audience development and research marketing for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). James was involved in auditing the communications strategies of DFID funded research programme consortia. He also took part in the monitoring and evaluation of national-level policy influence plans across Africa for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), working alongside consortium colleagues from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). In country consultancy experience included providing communications services to the Economic Research Forum (ERF) based in Cairo, Egypt.
From 2014 to 2018 James modernised and restructured communications at the international human rights charity Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). Here he gained extensive experience of back stopping the communications work of country partners, programs and projects whilst handling organisational communications, publications and media engagement. James rolled-out FPP’s first digital communications strategy and developed many multi-language reports and training resources for the charity. In 2018 James was brought-in by the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage to redevelop their flagship Plastic Free Coastlines campaign. This work creating Plastic Free Communities won Surfers Against Sewage the Environment and Conservation category at the Charity Awards 2018.
James holds a BA Hons in Middle East Studies and a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Exeter.