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Melissa Leach - Director

Directorate and Development Office
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Melissa Leach is the Director of the Institute of Development Studies. Between 2006 and 2014 Melissa directed the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. She originally trained as a geographer (MA Cambridge) and social anthropologist (PhD London).

Over the last thirty years she has been closely involved both in ethnographic fieldwork, speaking four African languages, and in extensive interdisciplinary research. This has engaged anthropology with historical, ecological and science and technology studies approaches, as well as working with foresters, agricultural and medical scientists.

She has led and managed many large, interdisciplinary research programmes involving multi-country teams. Her work has forwarded new perspectives in several fields, including the anthropology of environment and development; gender-environment relations; the environmental entitlements approach to institutions and natural resource management, environmental and forest history and challenging 'received wisdoms' about environmental change.

Melissa's recent work has explored the politics of science and knowledge in policy processes linked to environment and health; addressing vaccine controversies, scientific uncertainties, citizenship and public engagement; cultural and political dimensions of vaccine delivery; medical research trials, emerging infectious diseases, and ecology-health linkages.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

IDS publications on international development research

Making Green Transformations a Reality

In 2013 concentrations of carbon dioxide increased at their fastest rate for 30 years, and we have seen rising shocks and stresses such as drought, flooding, pollution and land degradation damaging people’s lives and livelihoods. More details

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in a Post-2015 Framework'.

Engaging Science and Politics in a Post-2015 Framework

IDS Policy Briefing 42 (2013)

This policy briefing, part of the special MDG series, examines how science and politics must be engaged in a post-2015 framework in order to tackle the interlinked environmental and social justice challenges which the world currently faces. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Citizenship; Climate Change; COP18; Environment; Gender; Governance; Health; Ebola; Zoonoses; HIV; MDGs and Post 2015; Politics and Power; Science and Society.

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

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

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