Melissa Leach

is a member of the IPES-Food panel, and Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex and founder of the ESRC STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre. She founded and directed the STEPS Centre ( from 2006 – 2014. A geographer and social anthropologist, her interdisciplinary, policy-engaged research in Africa and beyond links environmental, agricultural, health, technology and gender issues, with recent publications including the books Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment, Social justice (2010, Earthscan); Green Grabbing (co-ed, 2012, Taylor and Francis); The Politics of Green Transformations (co-ed, 2015, Taylor and Francis) and Gender Equality and Sustainable Development (ed, forthcoming). She is vice-chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth and advisor to the ESRC ‘Nexus Network: New connections in food, energy, water and the environment’ (