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.