Photo of Melissa Leach

Melissa Leach - Director

Directorate and Development Office
T: +44 (0)1273 915674
E: m.leach@ids.ac.uk

CV

Administrator:
Vanessa Borrino

Google Scholar URL:
goo.gl/wsFvO3

Melissa Leach is the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She founded and directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre from 2006 to 2014, with its pioneering pathways approach to innovation, sustainability and development issues.

A geographer and social anthropologist, her interdisciplinary, policy-engaged research in Africa and beyond links environment, agriculture, health, technology and gender, with particular interests in knowledge, power and the politics of science and policy processes.

She is vice-chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth; a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-food); and was lead author of UN Women’s World Survey on the Role of Women in Economic Development 2014. She co-founded the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform and was lead social scientist in the UK and WHO Ebola scientific advisory committees during 2014-15.

Vaccines for children are currently high on international policy, aid and funding agendas, as a major promised means to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Yet major challenges have emerged in ensuring effective coverage and dealing with public anxieties.

More details

Vaccines for children are currently high on international policy, aid and funding agendas, as a major promised means to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Yet major challenges have emerged in ensuring effective coverage and dealing with public anxieties.

More details

A STEPS-led consortium of researchers aiming to advance understanding of the connections between disease and environment in Africa, focusing on animal-to-human disease transmission..

More details

IDS researchers argue that there is an urgent need to look beyond the immediate, on-the-ground concerns of disease control and containment to consider the bigger and broader questions about international development.

More details

The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

More details

The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development.

More details

Search and filter for all the author's publications by journal, research theme, country and much more.

IDS publications on international development research

The Ebola Crisis and post-2015 Development

Journal of International Development 27.6 (2015)

This article argues that the recent Ebola crisis is the result of structural violence, as interlocking institutions have produced interlaced inequalities, unsustainabilities and insecurities. More details

This is the front cover to the book, 'Gender Equality and Sustainable Development'.

Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

For pathways to be truly sustainable and advance gender equality and the rights and capabilities of women and girls, those whose lives and well-being are at stake must be involved in leading the way. More details

This is the cover of the book 'The Politics of Green Transformations'.

The Politics of Green Transformations

Multiple 'green transformations' are required if humanity is to live sustainably on planet Earth. Recalling past transformations, this book examines what makes the current challenge different, and especially urgent. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Ebola: Limitations of Correcting Misinformation

The Lancet (2014)

Communication and social mobilisation strategies to raise awareness about Ebola virus disease and the risk factors for its transmission are central elements in the response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Briefing: Ebola–Myths, Realities, and Structural Violence

African Affairs 114 (2014)

This briefing examines responses to the Ebola outbreak and offers a different set of explanations, rooted in the history of the region and the political economy of global health and development. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Accelerating Sustainability; Agriculture; Citizenship; Climate Change; COP18; Environment; Gender; Governance; Health; Ebola; Zoonoses; HIV; Politics and Power; Reducing Inequalities; Science and Society; Sustainable Development Goals.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; STEPS.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; Sub Saharan Africa; United Kingdom.

Subscribe to Melissa's blog

Get the latest blog posts to your email inbox

Enter your email address: