Jen Whittingham 250 x 250Jen Whittingham

Masters Student

I am an MPhil Environment, Society and Sustainability student in the EGS department at UCT. I studied Geography and International Relations for my undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Growing up in a small town in Cornwall, the most southerly part of England, has instilled in me a yearning for adventure and desire for something different. Fishing, farming and the countryside were elemental in my upbringing and therefore paramount in unearthing my environmental consciousness. I think it is this that brought me all the way to Cape Town! In the year between my undergraduate degree and Masters, I worked part-time with the Environmental Investigation Agency in London – tracking the movements of illegally traded wildlife. During this time I also worked for an educational travel agency. My research interests lie in the field of genetically modified organisms, and more specifically in the cultural aspects hidden within the debate.