James is the Communciations and Marketing Officer at ISSUP. He joined ISSUP in January 2020 and brings ten year’s experience working on communications within international development, policy influence and campaigning contexts. He has extensive background experience in designing and managing international communications and campaigns for national and international NGOs.
He began his communications career in the consultancy sector building and managing practitioner networks. He has helped deliver numerous projects including audience development and marketing for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and auditing communications strategies of DFID funded research programme consortia.
James has experience in evaluating communications projects having worked on the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) to evaluate policy influence plans with research teams based in countries across Africa. In-country consultancy experience includes providing embedded communications expertise to the Economic Research Forum (ERF) based in Cairo, Egypt.
James managed communications for the international human rights charity Forest Peoples Programme and later worked with the marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage to design and launch an award winning grassroots community mobilisation campaign in the UK.
He holds a BA Hons in Middle East Studies and a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Exeter.