Emma has been teaching and working on international aid and development since the late 1980s. As a lecturer at the University of Sussex (1993-96), Emma taught on anthropology and development studies courses. Subsequently, Emma became an adviser to grant-makers and a freelance consultant working with donor governments and NGOs. More recently, Emma was Executive Director of ChildHope, a UK-based INGO working on social justice with national NGOs and networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America (2005-2011). Emma is currently researching the British House of Commons on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.