Emily Polack

Senior researcher, Natural Resources 


Land tenure and natural resource investment governance, community-based natural resource management and indigenous rights.

Before IIED

  • Researcher on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, child rights and child-centred adaptation, Climate Change and Development Centre at the Institute of Development Studies.
  • Consultant, climate change research and advocacy, Practical Action.


  • LLM International Development Law and Human Rights, University of Warwick.

Current work

Researching large-scale land acquisitions and agricultural investments; practitioner lesson sharing on the law, economies and justice programme in relation to land and natural resource investments; innovative tools for securing land rights in West Africa.