Amsterdam Adventure

My day trip to Amsterdam along with my NUIG thesis advisor, Charlie Spillane, was quite an adventure and we had a very productive meeting with my CCAFS thesis co-advisors, Bruce Campbell and Anette Friis.

One of the benefits of arriving to Schiphol Airport in the spring…being surrounded by Dutch tulips…gorgeous, fresh and colorful.     


I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the incredible fields of greenhouses I have seen in articles, such as How the Netherlands Feeds the World in National Geographicand I was lucky enough to see a mini version from the train window.


Our team: Christine Costelloe, Anette Friis, Bruce Campbell and Charlie Spillane.

Our team had a informative dialogue about CCAFS’ work and how I can support the organisation by researching new sources of climate finance for climate change, agriculture and food security research and how leveraging a collaborate partnership model may increase access to these sources of funds to the benefit of all partners involved.

I am delighted to be working with such a great group of people and on such an exciting research topic!


Journey to the Netherlands

I am planning my journey along with my thesis supervisor Prof Charles Spillane from the National University of Ireland, Galway to the Netherlands next week. It will be my first meeting with my thesis co-supervisors, Dr Bruce Campbell and Anette Friis, from the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), headquartered at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). I look forward to hearing about CCAFS research firsthand and further defining my research project to support CCAFS in advancing the organization’s goals. I will keep you posted!


Welcome to my blog! I will be adding posts at key junctures during my research project, which will examine collaborative resource mobilization for climate change, agriculture and food security. I will keep you posted!