Andrew Norton

Andrew Norton was director of IIED from April 2015 to September 2022

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Languages: English, French and Bambara

Andrew Norton was director of IIED. He is an applied anthropologist working on a range of issues related to social and environmental justice. His recent work focuses on social policy and climate resilience, labour guarantees and ecosystem stewardship, and automation and inequality. Major areas of focus over recent years include framing the social dimensions of climate change and participatory research on poverty and inequality.

His career spans both research and operational roles in academic and development contexts. He has worked extensively on the social dimensions of climate change, poverty, gender and social analysis, social policy and human rights in development practice.

Andrew has experience of working in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Climate change; natural resource governance; social policy; social inclusion; human rights; poverty; gender; social analysis; and urban social change. 

Before IIED

  • Director of research for the Overseas Development Institute
  • Lead social scientist in the World Bank
  • Head of social development for the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Doctoral fieldwork in Mali

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