Catherine Windey is a research and teaching assistant, and PhD student at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp. She holds a Master of Anthropology and Master of International Business Economics and Management. Her research focuses on environmental governance and politics and, in particular, on new financing mechanisms for forest conservation in developing countries (REDD+, Payments for Environmental Services and other market-based instruments).
From a relational perspective on scale and economic landscape, her PhD research looks at the value transformation of ‘the environment’ under the Reduced Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) framework and how it enacts, is informed and contested in interaction with hybrid socio-economic-ecological configurations. Empirically, she analyses three case studies in the hinterland of Kisangani in DR Congo, using a mixed methods approach that combines discourse analysis, qualitative methods and behavioral field experiments. Theoretically, her research integrates insights from economic anthropology, critical economic geography, political ecology and socio-ecological economics.
As academic assistant, she teaches classes in research methods and 'Governance for Development'. Before coming to the IOB, Catherine has worked three and a half years as a research analyst/consultant in intercultural management at ICM Associates in Paris, France. She designed and led numerous cultural audits and opinion surveys for international private and public organisations.