Camilla Toulmin

Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Camilla Toulmin is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London. (IIED), and formerly its Director (CEO) from 2003-15. She is a Fellow of the Open Society Foundation, and Professor in Practice at the University of Lancaster. An economist by training, she gained her doctorate at the University of Oxford. She has worked mainly in Africa on agriculture, land tenure, climate change and livelihoods, combining field research, policy analysis and advocacy. Her work has aimed at understanding how environmental, economic and political forces impact on people’s lives, and how policy reform can bring real change on the ground. As Director of IIED, Camilla focused on initiatives where IIED and partners collectively can make a difference through research and communications working together on urban food security, green and inclusive economies, putting land rights into action, and getting LDC voices into global processes around climate, and the SDGs. She is now working on a research study looking at long-term change in the Sahel – land, people, livelihoods, climate. She became Chair of TVE’s Board in 2015, and is a trustee of Ashden, and a number of other boards.

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