Erin is co-founder and research lead at Canela Consulting. She specializes in researching financial behaviour and technology use and holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Sydney, Australia. Erin is the author of the book Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform Their Lives (2013, AltaMira) and has contributed chapters to books such as The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (2014, Routledge) and Design Anthropology: Object Cultures in Transition (2017, Springer). Erin has been designing and carrying out research since 2003 in diverse contexts including Australia, Portugal, the Netherlands, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Since July 2017 she has been working with Holland FinTech to assist companies to adjust to the changing financial ecosystem.

Erin is also co-organizer of the EWPN Research Network.