May is a researcher and advocate experienced in facilitating networks and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
From 2004 until 2011 she worked for Oxfam Australia, first coordinating Oxfam International’s flagship global youth program, and then establishing and leading Oxfam Australia’s Research Unit. In that role she led a team supporting staff and civil society partners to strengthen their programs and advocacy work using research across the Asia-Pacific and sub-saharan Africa. She led Oxfam International’s 12-country study of the human impacts of the global financial crisis in 2009-2010. As an Adjunct Associate of RMIT University May co-led a three-year study of economic vulnerability and resilience to food and fuel prices in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. She brokered and formed part of the governance of the Oxfam-Monash Partnership – a $2.9 million dollar alliance that produced action research into climate change adaptation, community accountability and gender justice in South Africa, Bangladesh and Cambodia.
May is currently Research Director of Corelab where she works with civil society, business and universities to develop effective advocacy strategies and produce applied research that influences public policy. Recent projects include a major strategic review for the Transparency International Secretariat, communicating results from a three year study of transnational redress mechanisms in the garments, mining and agribusiness sectors in India and Indonesia for a consortium of universities, strategy work for Global Witness, testing new research methods for ActionAid in Uganda and Nigeria, and a research report on the best form and shape of upcoming sustainable development goals for the Overseas Development Institute.
She is a Research Associate with the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law where her research focuses on global private-hybrid governance and a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Theory of Change.
May has a First Class Honors degree in Politics and International Relations and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, and a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law.