Nicole Kenton

Nicole Kenton - Editor

London, UK

I am a freelance editor, with over 25 years' experience in social sciences and humanities and with a passion for social justice.

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Overview

I am flexible and able to respond to tight deadlines and even outlandish requests! My skills and experience range from writing and developmental editing, to final copy editing and proofreading, liaising closely with authors and designers. I enjoy working on projects that I can see through from a rough draft to a final well-designed output, both as a team member and independently. Equally, I am happy to take on a variety of tasks at any stage of the publication process.

I mainly provide editing and proofreading services to UN agencies, international NGOs, research institutes, publishing houses, and charities, but have also taken on assignments from individuals, such as PhD candidates and authors.

I have worked on community projects that start well before any knowledge product is envisioned and where I have been able to contribute creatively. I have facilitated writing workshops with researchers who have little experience of writing, and have also worked on community theatre projects with those who prefer a different medium of communication. I was recently in the Horn of Africa, as a trustee of an international charity which works to empower pastoral communities, and gave presentations at a university in Ethiopia and to government ministers in Somaliland. Prior to that I worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Mozambique, helping to formulate a knowledge management strategy for the government's climate change unit.

I am also on the editorial committee of the journal Development in Practice, which involves reviewing articles submitted for publication. I am London-based, and work mainly from home, but am available to travel to get a full overview of any project and meet co-workers.



Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Agriculture
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • BA (hons) French and English, University of Wales
  • Postgraduate diploma in Community Participation in Professional Practice, University of Edinburgh

Awards

  • Accredited Mediator, Society of Mediators
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

Work experience

Freelance Copy editor

Nicole Kenton /HAND Edit and Design
July, 2013 – Present (almost 9 years)

Currently working freelance as a copy editor and proofreader. I am consultant editor to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and carry out short-term contracts with international organisations, research institutes and UN agencies, including the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Plan International, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). I have provided proofreading services for Practical Action Publishing and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and currently proofread the e-newsletter of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. I also work with another copy editor and graphic designers at HAND Edit and Design, where we pool our skills and offer a complete publishing service (from rough draft to final publication).

Co-editor

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
January, 1991 – June, 2013 (over 22 years)

My roles at IIED include: Coordinating Editor: Climate Change Working Paper series (2011-2013); Co-editor: Participatory Learning and Action series (2004-2013); Editor: Gatekeeper series (2012-2013); Coordinator, Gender and Generation team (2010-2013); Production Editor: Haramata and Drylands Issue Papers (1991-2010).

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Sustaining Natural Resources in a Changing Environment (Contemporary Issues in Social Science)

Climate change and environmental degradation have intensified the pressures on crucial resources such as food and water security and air quality. In this collection, academic researchers and practitioners who have lived and worked in countries as geographically and culturally diverse as Brazil, China, India, Ghana, Palestine, Uganda and Venezuela draw on their wide-ranging international and in... read more

Climate change and environmental degradation have intensified the pressures on crucial resources such as food and water security and air quality. In this collection, academic researchers and practitioners who have lived and worked in countries as geographically and culturally diverse as Brazil, China, India, Ghana, Palestine, Uganda and Venezuela draw on their wide-ranging international and in... read more

Knowledge Sovereignty Among African Cattle Herders

Zeremariam Fre

Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of the... read more

Beni-Amer cattle owners in the western part of the Horn of Africa are not only masters in cattle breeding, they are also knowledge sovereign, in terms of owning productive genes of cattle and the cognitive knowledge base crucial to sustainable development. The strong bonds between the Beni-Amer, their animals, and their environment constitute the basis of their ways of knowing, and much of the... read more

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research

David Coghlan, Mary Brydon-Miller

Action research is a term used to describe a family of related approaches that integrate theory and action with a goal of addressing important organizational, community, and social issues together with those who experience them. It focuses on the creation of areas for collaborative learning and the design, enactment and evaluation of liberating actions through combining action and research, re... read more

Action research is a term used to describe a family of related approaches that integrate theory and action with a goal of addressing important organizational, community, and social issues together with those who experience them. It focuses on the creation of areas for collaborative learning and the design, enactment and evaluation of liberating actions through combining action and research, re... read more

People's Knowledge and Participatory Action Research: Escaping the white-walled labyrinth

The People's Knowledge Editorial Collective

The world of research run by universities and other institutions is dominated by a culture that is white, upper-middle class and male. When people from communities that have previously been excluded are asked to take part in research – even participative research -- they are seldom able to do so on equal terms. Instead of being supported to draw on the expertise that they have gained from thei... read more

The world of research run by universities and other institutions is dominated by a culture that is white, upper-middle class and male. When people from communities that have previously been excluded are asked to take part in research – even participative research -- they are seldom able to do so on equal terms. Instead of being supported to draw on the expertise that they have gained from thei... read more

A Bucket of Water: Reflections on sustainable rural development

Kanayo F. Nwanze

The Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by 193 countries in 2015, set clear targets for ending hunger and undernutrition, as well as tackling poverty, inequality and the impact of climate change, by the year 2030. The vision they represent is an inclusive one, in which no one is left behind. It is also a collective one, in which the environment must be protected for the benefit o... read more

The Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by 193 countries in 2015, set clear targets for ending hunger and undernutrition, as well as tackling poverty, inequality and the impact of climate change, by the year 2030. The vision they represent is an inclusive one, in which no one is left behind. It is also a collective one, in which the environment must be protected for the benefit o... read more

Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world's biggest problems

Jennifer Lentfer

As never before, international aid is in the hands of ordinary people. Concerned citizens in wealthy countries are starting philanthropy groups, joining giving circles, and travelling internationally to lend support. Yet, they are torn between the feelings that ‘something’ must be done about global poverty and that foreign assistance is creating dependency and fueling corruption overseas.A gro... read more

As never before, international aid is in the hands of ordinary people. Concerned citizens in wealthy countries are starting philanthropy groups, joining giving circles, and travelling internationally to lend support. Yet, they are torn between the feelings that ‘something’ must be done about global poverty and that foreign assistance is creating dependency and fueling corruption overseas.A gro... read more

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