Colleen Sullivan

MSc with Distinction, International Development: Environment, Climate Change, and Environment, the University of Manchester, Manchester UK, 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, The George Washington University, Washington DC, 2012.

Colleen joined NIRAS-LTS as a consultant in 2021.  Her core work centres around technical support to a number of evaluations, as well as development of monitoring tools including Theory of Change and results framework. She currently provides technical support to several large-scale Research for Development (R4D) evaluations, including the evaluation of the Global Research Challenges Fund (GCRF), and the evaluation of the Raising Learning Outcomes (RLO) Phase 1 programme. She also provides project management and business development support for various projects across NIRAS-LTS. She is an experienced researcher with a background in qualitative methods, and her thematic interests include climate change adaptation and mitigation, nature-based solutions, and gender equity and social inclusion.


Prior to joining NIRAS-LTS, Colleen was an independent monitoring and evaluation consultant working for a range of clients such as FCDO, IFAD, and Scottish Government in sectors such as smallholder climate adaptation, private sector development, and climate justice. In addition, she led a qualitative study examining gender and social inclusion in the Building Resilience and Adaption to Climate Change (BRACC) programme in Malawi. She also worked for several years in a refugee resettlement community in northern Vermont, where she worked with residents from Nepal, Sudan, Somalia, and Bhutan to increase equitable access to secure food and agricultural livelihoods, including establishment of culturally inclusive community gardens and farm incubation. During her master’s course, Colleen worked the University of Manchester’s Environmental Sustainability Department to action the UN Sustainable Development Goals across the university course catalogue, and also undertook fieldwork in western Uganda to study smallholder agriculture and climate change adaptation.