Yolanda Ariadne Collins
Yolanda Ariadne Collins holds a Masters in Research (MRes) in International Environmental Policy and Politics (Distinction) from the University of Westminster, London and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Guyana.
Her doctoral research focuses on understanding how ideas of development are constructed around the implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) initiative in Guyana and Suriname. Through her research, she explores ideas of development, neoliberalism and power relations and the manner in which these concepts intersect in neo-liberal approaches to managing the global environment, such as REDD+. Ariadne is currently in the data collection phase of her research which involves residence in Guyana and Suriname during the year 2014. During this data gathering period, she has interned at, and developed working relationships with, organisations working on REDD+ within both Guyana and Suriname, and has been gathering data through ethnographic methods such as participant observation, field site visits, semi-structured interviews and the gathering of policy documents. The data gathering phase of her research will conclude in December, 2015, after which she intends to commence the process of analysing and writing up her dissertation.