Victoria is an award-winning mixed-methods Policy Analyst with an Msc. in Economics and is an MSc. Rural Planning and Development candidate. She has over five years’ experience working and researching on sustainable and inclusive economic development research issues in Canada, England, Sweden and Ghana.  She enjoys collaborating with multi-level stakeholders to provide insights and policy advice on innovative strategies for planning, governing and delivering economies that ensure ecological respect, protect economic resiliency and promote reciprocal responsibility in resource-dependent and agri-food communities.

Victoria grew up in Accra, Ghana, an urban city with a population of about 2.4 million people located along the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. After her undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics at the University of Ghana, she worked with academic leaders in the UK Department for International Development’s Migrating out of Poverty Research program to gather evidence on the impact of local and international economic migration on poverty in rural communities in Ghana. She got intrigued about the development of policies that seek to improve shared prosperity and quality of life of agriculture workers while sustaining food security. Thus, she went on to pursue a master’s degree in Economics (spec. Agriculture Economics) at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences. As a Swedish Institute Scholar, she explored and gathered evidence on how various internationally proposed food wastage management policies in the cassava sector will impact shared prosperity across gender and between rural and urban households in Ghana through her thesis. This process developed her interest in ‘people-centred’ economic development policies. She went on to contribute to the development, monitoring and evaluation of strategic plans for the development of infrastructure (physical and digital), housing, employment, land, economic growth of priority sectors and, work and skills for Leicester and Leicestershire at the Leicestershire County Council in England. Her research interests lie in how policies can ensure shared prosperity and improved quality of life for underserved social groups in rural communities in Canada.

For more information and collaborative opportunities email Victoria at [email protected].