Nathaniah Jacobs

Senior researcher, Natural Resources

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Afrikaans, French (basic)

Nathaniah’s work focuses on empowering communities to meaningfully engage and assert their rights within the arena of natural resource governance.


Land tenure, land reform, natural resource disputes, legal empowerment, access to justice, women’s land rights.

Before IIED

Prior to joining IIED, Nathaniah worked as an Oxford policy fellow and embedded law and policy advisor to the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission. Before this she was a practising attorney with Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa, where she focused on land reform, tenure and restitution issues, urban housing rights and community empowerment. Nathaniah also worked as a law clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa.


  • MPhil, Development Studies, University of Cambridge
  • LLM, Public International Law, Leiden University
  • LLB, Law degree, University of Pretoria

Current work

Senior researcher within the law, economies and justice programme, a collaborative initiative to strengthen rights in policy arenas associated with natural resource investments – from local land governance to international investment treaties.