Shivali has always been passionate about encouraging others to experience the physical and emotional benefits of outdoor spaces, and is an experienced community worker and group facilitator. Working with disadvantaged groups in Glasgow, her PhD used environmental justice theory and participation action research to challenge greenspace inequality.

She is now part of the Environmental Rights Centre for Scotland: whose aim is to support communities to use their rights to protect the environment, tackle climate change, and improve local biodiversity and greenspaces for health and wellbeing.

Previous to this, her professional career focused on developing multidisciplinary front-line services, in both London and Glasgow, in the fields of youth work, rough sleeping and refugee integration. She has worked at a senior level in health, social work and third sector organisations to deliver robust strategic and operational responses to social, environmental and climate justice issues.