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International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

London, United Kingdom
Joined August 2016

IIED's mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. We link local priorities to global challenges.



Presence in: United Kingdom
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods

IIED is a UK based research institute with over 100 members of staff. It is one of the world’s most influential international development and environment policy research organisations. Founded in 1971 by economist Barbara Ward, who forged the concept and cause of sustainable development, we work with partners Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. We build bridges between policy and practice, rich and poor communities, the government and private sector, and across diverse interest groups. We contribute to international policy processes and frameworks, including the Sustainable Development Goals, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the UN conventions on climate change and biological diversity.

People Associated With This Organization

Brendan Schwartz

United Kingdom  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined May 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Women's Rights
Researcher at IIED, interested in natural resource governance. Looking to learn from the network

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Emma Blackmore

Kenya  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined February 2022
Research into socio-legal empowerment for small-scale farmers

Jérémy Davis

United Kingdom  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined June 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
I'm a Publications and Communications Coordinator for IIED. Within our Natural Resources group, I'm more specifically in charge of the Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment and the Water Infrastructure teams' outputs coordination

Lorenzo Cotula

United Kingdom  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined May 2018
I am a principal researcher in law and sustainable development at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a policy and action research organisation based in the UK. I am passionate about legal empowerment in both theory and practice, and since 2006 I have led IIED’s Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment programme – a collaborative initiative to strengthen local rights in the context of natural resource investments.

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Nathaniah Jacobs

United Kingdom  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined August 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods
I am a South African lawyer with more than 10 years experience working on the enforcement and protection of land rights. Through my work with a public interest human rights organisation in South Africa I have had the opportunity to develop and litigate a number of cases aimed at developing and enforcing laws surrounding land reform and restitution, tenure security and urban housing rights. I have also been involved in developing community land governance structures and promoting gender equality within the context of land tenure security. Following a Masters in Development Studies I moved to Ethiopia, where I worked as a law and policy advisor to the Federal Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission. Currently, I am based in the Scotland where I work as a Senior Researcher within the Legal Tools Team of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). My work is currently focused on advancing and strengthening land governance practice within the context of large scale land-based investments.

Philippine Sutz

United Kingdom  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined August 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Livelihoods
Senior Research, Legal Tools, IIED.

Rachael Knight

United States  
International Institute for Environment...
Joined November 2011
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights
Rachael Knight is an attorney with expertise in land tenure security, access to justice, legal empowerment and sacred sites. She is currently a "Senior Associate" at the International Institute for the Environment and Development (IIED). She helped to found Namati, a global legal empowerment organization that helps disenfranchised communities to understand, use, and shape the law. She created Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, then served as its Director from 2012-17 and as its Senior Advisor from 2018-2019. In this capacity, together with land rights advocates throughout Africa, she co-created an integrated model of community land protection that is now practiced around the world. Previously, she was Director of the International Development Law Organization’s Community Land Titling Initiative, and has worked as a consultant for FAO since 2004; in this capacity she wrote “Statutory Recognition of Customary Land Rights in Africa: An Investigation into Best Practices for Law-Making and Implementation.” She has also written various books and guides for community land protection advocates and activists, available at: https://namati.org/ourwork/communityland/community-land-protection-publications/

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