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Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Ian Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, and the co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex. He is an agricultural ecologist by original training, and works on the interface between science and environmental, health and agricultural policy, mostly in Africa. Much of his work has focused on land, livelihoods and agrarian change in Zimbabwe ( His recent books include: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development, Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa and The Politics of Green Transformations. More details at


  • –present
    Fellow, Institute of Development Studies


Ester Boserup Prize for contributions to development research, 2019; ERC Advanced Grant, 2016; ESRC outstanding international mpact prize, 2015