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Anna Locke

Senior Research Associate

  • Global Risks and Resilience
Portrait of Anna Locke

Anna Locke is a Senior Research Associate in the Global Risks and Resilience Programme. She was previously Director of ODI’s Sustainable Environments and Societies Programme and Principal Research Fellow in ODI’s Climate and Sustainability Programme, working as an ODI staff member for nearly 11 years. She is Co-Director of Prindex, a global data initiative on tenure security working across 140 countries.

She has worked for 30 years in international development, 12 of which were based in Mozambique, working on and studying development issues in more than 20 countries across the world. She specialises in sustainable natural resource governance, climate change, and rural development and livelihoods. She is a respected specialist in land and property rights, and how they intersect with responsible agricultural investment, gender equality, violent conflict and environmental outcomes, particularly in areas under IPLC management.

Anna started her career as an ODI Fellow in Mozambique, followed by six years in a commodities research consultancy, working on economic and policy analysis in sugar and ethanol as a Senior Economist. She returned to Mozambique as a Strategic Advisor in the Ministry of Agriculture to support the government of Mozambique to establish an agricultural investment promotion centre, developing policy to promote a range of crops and private sector development in agriculture, and attract high-quality, responsible investment.

She holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics for Developing Countries from the University of East Anglia and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. She is working towards an MSc in Climate Change at University College London.

  1. Putting food systems at the heart of climate dialogue and action

  2. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  3. To deliver the promise of this climate super year, UN-led efforts must back land rights

  4. Perceived tenure security as a tool for understanding the conflict context and predicting violent conflict


  5. Why agricultural reform is needed to achieve net zero emissions

  6. Why land is important in understanding violent conflict

  7. How to design and finance a green recovery beyond Covid-19

  8. How to build back greener in the Covid-19 recovery

  9. Prindex comparative report

    Research reports

  10. Global perceptions of urban land tenure security: evidence from 33 countries

    Research reports

  11. Women's perceptions of tenure security: evidence from 33 countries

    Research reports

  12. Assessing the costs of tenure risks to agribusinesses

    Research reports

  13. Almost half of land disputes over African sugar last more than ten years – new research

    Press Release

  14. Land governance and inclusive business in agriculture: advancing the debate

    Research reports

  15. PRIndex: improving data to strengthen land tenure security

  16. LEGEND Land policy bulletin: August 2017


  17. LEGEND Land policy bulletin: March 2017


  18. Land, population and agricultural investment in Africa

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. LEGEND land policy bulletin, October 2016: focus on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda


  20. LEGEND Land policy bulletin: May 2016


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