Anna Walnycki

Principal researcher, Human Settlements research group

Anna works with civil society organisations and global partners to promote social justice and climate action in cities across the global South.

Anna has over 10 years of experience co-producing action research on urban poverty and informality with long-term partners in sub–Saharan Africa and Latin America. She leads a new programme of work that promotes the development of mitigation-focused climate actions that also tackle urban inequalities.

Anna is the IIED lead for the IKI-funded Transformative Urban Coalitions programme (with DIE, UNU, WRI and partners in Argentina, Mexico and Brazil) and the British Academy funded 'Grassroots insights into urban risk' project (with CCI in Tanzania).


Urban climate justice, urban poverty and informality; water and sanitation; the role of civil society and partnerships in poverty reduction; ethnographic and participatory action research.

Before IIED


  • PhD STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies
  • MSc development planning, Development Planning Unit, UCL. BSc Anthropology, UCL

Current work

How marginalised urban communities, local governments and international agencies can develop inclusive planning processes and co-produced responses to urban poverty and climate breakdown in order to forge more equitable and sustainable cities.

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