Lesley joined Natural Justice in late June 2021 as a 2021-20222 International Fellow.
She has just completed her third year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. Her research interests range from biodiversity and conservation, issues of sustainable development with particular interest in the shift from non-renewable to renewable systems of operation, to land tenure arrangements and questions of land re-distribution.
Within campus, she has worked as part of the International Development Conference (IDC) Executive Team, a student-led group which organises IDC, held annually at the University in the Winter term. The conference at its core seeks to engage the student body, as well as other members of the community who wish to attend, in thematic discussions which vary in subject matter from year to year. Lesley also served as a work-study student this past year within the Community Knowledge Learning Hub (CKLH), a collaboration between the Centre for Critical Development Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Health & Society. Working as part of this group afforded her the opportunity to better engage with the local community as well as part take in discussions surrounding Community-based participatory research.