Melissa Leach Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) based at the University of Sussex

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).