Melissa Leach
Melissa Leach is Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) based at the University of Sussex. She founded and directed the ESRC STEPS Centre from 2006 – 2014 and is co-Chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth. A social anthropologist and geographer, her research in Africa and beyond has addressed a variety of environmental, agricultural, health and technology issues, often integrating gender and feminist political ecology perspectives. Recent books include Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment, Social Justice (2010); Green Grabbing: A New Appropriation of Nature (2013); The Politics of Green Transformations (2015), and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development (2015).

Entries by Melissa Leach

Democracy in the Anthropocene? Science and Sustainable Development Goals at the UN

(3) Comments | Posted 27 March 2013 | (21:05)

When the cover of the Economist famously announced 'Welcome to the anthropocene' a couple of years ago, was it welcoming us to a new geological epoch, or a dangerous new world of undisputed scientific authority and anti-democratic politics?

Last week, I was one of 28 scientists, and a...

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Science, Politics and the Post-Rio+20 Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2012 | (20:55)

This post was co-authored with Dr Adrian Ely

The really knotty politics about the role of science in securing a sustainable future of our planet will begin as soon as the Rio+20 Earth Summit ends.

Rio has focussed minds on the urgent need to devise a post-Millennium...

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