Mackenzie Klema

MSc with Distinction, Environment and Development, University of Edinburgh, 2020

BA, Environmental Studies and History, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, United States, 2014

Mackenzie joined NIRAS as a consultant in 2021. She has a background in environment and international development research and project management, with strong skills in qualitative research, and a keen interest in smallholder agriculture, food security, climate change adaptation, humanitarian relief, and gender-sensitive, participatory approaches to rural development.


Prior to joining NIRAS, Mackenzie was a researcher with the One Health FIELD Network in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Edinburgh, conducting ethnographic research on food security and labour with displaced Syrian communities working in agriculture in the Middle East during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mackenzie also spent four years as Development Manager at The Resolution Project, a non-profit organisation that identifies, funds, and resources young social entrepreneurs in the Global South. Mackenzie previously worked in Cambodia and Vietnam for three years with The School for Field Studies, leading the establishment of a new environmental research centre focused on climate change, conservation, and rural development. She has also worked as an educator at a Cambodian university and with several schools and environmental non-profit organisations.


At NIRAS, Mackenzie provides project management, business development, and technical consultancy inputs into a range of projects on climate change, agriculture, forestry, and landscapes issues.