Cuthbert is a DPhil student interested in understanding the environmental change processes that affect people's livelihoods in rural economies and how both policy and the environment influence or affect their coping strategies. He holds a bachelors degree of the University of Zambia in Physical Geography; and a masters degree of the University of Hull (Kingston Upon Hull) in Environmental Technology. Cuthbert has worked as an environmental specialist in a huge government project under the World Bank in Zambia focussing on addressing environmental liabilities from former mining activities. He is also a co-founder of an environmental consultancy firm specialising in environmental engineering solutions and sustainability planning that draws its clients from the extractive industry within Zambia.
Cuthbert is also an academic in early career years at the Copperbelt University in the Environmental Engineering Department.