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Julien Godwin Scientific officer

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CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom


BSc in Natural Sciences; MSc in Ecology, evolution and conservation; Currently completing PhD in Gender in agriculture

Almost since my arrival at CABI, I have been involved in development-based activities, firstly through the small Global Plant Clinic team. The tightly knit team allowed me to learn many things very quickly. I helped in the Diagnostics laboratory, receiving diseased plant samples from across the world, as well developing plant clinic programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and India. As the global plant clinic became Plantwise, I was assigned clinic programmes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and DRC, as well as working in Nicaragua, Rwanda and Uganda. As implementation of clinics progressed, I was integrated into the data management and processing team of the Plantwise Knowledge Bank that helped collate and disseminate accurate plant health information across the globe. I have also managed to incorporate Plantwise into my PhD activities, focusing on the effects of the initiative on Pakistan’s political, social and economic plant health system from a gender perspective.

In my current role I am developing a global programme to control the most destructive and impactful invasives species. I am the programme manager and work closely with different departments across CABI to develop a multi-country partnership approach till 2021. 

I have now worked at CABI since 2008 and am keen to utilize all my experience to develop a new and exciting programme in CABI's growing portfolio of large scale development activities.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Invasive species: The livelihoods threat

Invasive species impact the livelihoods of the rural poor who are dependent on natural resources for income and survival. They also undermine international development investment. CABI is developing an ambitious solution to this complex problem. We aim to target local, national and regional communities and...