Chris is a British-Indonesian, born in the Philippines, raised in England and now based in the Netherlands. With an academic background in land rights culminating in an MSc in International Development Studies at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), he now divides his time between research and writing work on the topic of agroecology and sustainable food systems, running a small-scale market garden enterprise, and day dreaming of new ways to contribute to building sustainable localised food systems at home (wherever that may be) and around the world.
As a young teenager, Chris’ passion for social and environmental justice was ignited after witnessing the devastation created by the Sidaorjo mud flow, whilst visiting family in Surabaya, Indonesia. This eventually led to an academic trajectory including research on land rights struggles and social movements related to coastal land reclamation in Jakarta Bay, sugar cane plantation development in the Aru Islands, Indonesia, and plans for European soybean production concentrated in Eastern Europe, as well as work monitoring the investments of development finance institutions.
Throughout these experiences he has engaged and collaborated with various NGOs and peasant organisations working on agroecology and food sovereignty, and inspired by the people and principles present within this movement, he has become ever more convinced that change should start closer to home. For this reason he set up Pluktuin Sayuran, a small agroecological market garden in Wageningen, and harbours ambitions to make regenerative agriculture a central part of his livelihood.
Contrary to the Brit abroad stereotype, learning languages is a big hobby: Chris speaks English, Indonesian, Dutch, and Spanish as well as some rusty Romanian, and there is a long list of new ones to take on. Aside from that, cooking, hiking, birdwatching and keeping up to date with the latest developments in the sporting world occupy his free time.