Professor Melissa Leach FBA
Anthropology, geography; global development and social change; issues of inequality, gender, environmental sustainability, health and infectious disease in Africa and beyond; interfaces between social science, science and policy
- UK Fellow
Professor Leach is currently Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. She co-founded and co-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.
She was lead author of UN Women’s World Survey on the Role of Women in Economic Development 2014, and of the World Social Science Report 2016 on 'Challenging Inequalities'. 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.
Professor Leach is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-food), the Strategic Coherence of ODA Research (SCOR) Board, the ESRC International Development Advisory Group (EIDEG) and the MRC Global Health Group.
Director, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Science Committee of Future Earth Vice-chair
Jan 2012 - Jan 2017
Professor Patsy Healey FBA
The theory and practice of urban planning and place governance, particularly with respect to strategic spatial planning, and urban regeneration practices; empirical work primarily in Europe (including the UK)
Professor Jamie Peck FBA
Economic geography, political economy, urban and regional restructuring, governance