Melissa Leach
Professor Melissa Leach is a social anthropologist specialising in environmental and science-society issues. Research interests include social and institutional dimensions of environmental and technological change, and issues of knowledge, power and citizen engagement. She is the director of the ESRC STEPS Centre and co-director of the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium and a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. Melissa’s STEPS Centre project Political Ecology of Carbon is investigating ‘green grabbing’ with collaborations in Sierra Leone, Zambia, Kenya and Ghana.

Blog 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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