Melissa Leach#

Membership Number:4938
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions

  • June 2024 - present Executive Director of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative CCI
  • April 2014 - 2024 Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
  • August 2000 Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
  • Founder and Leader of Knowledge, Technology and Society (KNOTS) team 2005 - 2010
  • May 1990 Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, Leader of Environment Group

Fields of Scholarship
  • Geography
  • Local knowledge, citizen science and community practices
  • Social anthropology
  • Social studies of science, technology and the politics of policy processes
  • Global health and epidemics
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches
  • West Africa (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Ghana)
  • Development studies
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Political ecology

Honours and Awards
  • 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours CBE for Services to Social Science
  • 2017 Elected Fellow of the British Academy
  • 2018 International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD Award for Community Engagement
  • 2016 ESRC International Impact prize – team award for the Ebola Response Anthropology Platform/Ebola Lessons for Development initiative
  • 2015 Honorary Doctorate, University of Antwerp
  • 2012 European Association for the Study of Science and Technology Ziman Prize for public engagement with science, for STEPS Centre ‘New Manifesto’ initiative
  • 2006 UK Economic and Social Research Council, major £10m award for STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre
  • 1998 Amaury Talbot Prize of the Royal Anthropological Institute, for best book in African Anthropology, for ‘Misreading the African Landscape’

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