Rachel Friedman

MPhil Student, School of Geography and the Environment

Rachel's MPhil research focuses on the impacts of climate change on women in a Ghanaian cocoa farming system.

Rachel comes to the topic of food security from an interdisciplinary environmental science perspective. She completed her first year in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management and is particularly interested in plausible strategies for adapting anticipated change and the contextual factors that enhance resilience. With a background in tropical ecology, she is also intrigued by agricultural management and systems that support ecosystem services.

Prior to moving across the Atlantic, Rachel worked for three years on research and communications projects related to sustainable landscape management, climate-smart agriculture, and financial mechanisms at an NGO in Washington, DC. Most weekends you can find Rachel at the East Oxford Farmers Market, volunteering with the local veg producers, and pontificating about winter squash diversity. She also runs the Allotment Society at Linacre College and helps to organize the student-led Food Security Forum conference in the spring.