Catherine Vowles

Campaign Assistant – Big Shift Campaign

About Catherine

Catherine joined CAN-International in 2024 as a campaign assistant working for the Big Shift – a campaign
calling on development banks to disinvest in fossil fuels and invest instead in renewable energies.

Before joining CAN, Catherine worked as a policy and advocacy researcher at Project 90 by 2030, a social and
environmental justice organisation in South Africa. In this role she supported the work of the organisation in
mobilising and inspiring society to demand a just and low-carbon future for all.

Catherine recently completed an interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management
(MESPOM), where, for her thesis, she conducted research into the opportunities and challenges for restorative
justice in the South African just energy transition.

Her interests and her experiences have been varied, which has only benefitted her growing understanding of the
importance of an intersectional approach to justice and equity, which she aims to continue to learn about and to
be informed by. Catherine is particularly passionate about climate and environmental justice, economic justice,
alternative pathways to ‘development’, and autonomy for the global South. She dreams of a world in which
profits and growth are not stronger motivators than humanity.

Contact Catherine

Email: cvowles[at]

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