Melissa Leach

Prof Melissa Leach, STEPS co-founder, honoured with a CBE

Melissa Leach has been appointed as a CBE for services to Social Science, in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List.  This major honour is conferred by the Queen and on the advice of Government in recognition of significant achievements in science and medicine, charitable work, business, sport and public service. Melissa is director of the…

Melissa Leach on Ebola & inequality – lecture text & audio

Some materials are now available from the recent Sussex Development Lecture on Equality, Sustainability, Security: Interlaced challenges in a global development era by former STEPS Director Melissa Leach. The text is available to download below as a PDF, and you can listen to Melissa’s lecture online, courtesy of the Institute of Development Studies. In the…

Prof Melissa Leach appointed director of IDS

Professor Melissa Leach, ESRC STEPS Centre director, has been appointed as the new director of the UK’s Institute of Development Studies. Prof. Leach will continue in her current roles, as director of the ESRC Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre and the Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium, until she begins her new role…

Future Earth takes flight with inaugural scientific committee

Global sustainability research programme Future Earth has announced its inaugural science committee, with ESRC STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach serving as vice chair. Future Earth is major 10-year international research programme which aims to provide the critical knowledge needed to address the challenges of global environmental change and to identify opportunities for a transition to…

Democracy in the Anthropocene?

Planetary boundaries / Illustration from Global Change magazine STEPS Centre director Melissa Leach recently wrote in the Huffington Post: “When the cover of the Economist famously announced ‘Welcome to the anthropocene’ a couple of years ago, was it welcoming us to a new geological epoch, or a dangerous new world of undisputed scientific authority and…

REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI: ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES OF PUBLIC HEALTH

By Melissa Leach The Kilifi conference on the publics of public health is now complete, after two more intense days. Two dimensions of the contemporary world of public health have been particularly dominant. First, the new global architectures through which so much funding and programming around health issues in Africa now takes place. The huge…

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDAS, NEW PUBLICS: REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI

By Melissa Leach We are on the Kenyan coast, not far from Kilifi town and the site of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), at a conference which the STEPS Centre has had a role in convening, together with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), KEMRI and the University of…

ECOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE DYNAMICS – FROM THE FORESTS OF SIERRA LEONE

By MELISSA LEACH, STEPS Centre director Last week I visited Sierra Leone catching up on happenings in its eastern rainforests following a long absence and a decade of civil war, and exploring collaboration possibilities for the STEPS Centre’s work on epidemics and the ecology of infectious disease. It was fantastic to be back there, and…

RESILIENCE 2008: RESILIENCE, ADAPTION AND TRANSFORMATION IN TURBULENT TIMES

By MELISSA LEACH, STEPS Centre director To watch live coverage of panel discussions, workshops and key presentations from Resilience 2008, log on to Web TV. Four of us from THE STEPS Centre (myself, Andy Stirling, Adrian Smith and Sally Brooks) are here in Stockholm at ‘Resilience 2008: Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in Turbulent Times’. This…