Brendan Schwartz

Brendan Schwartz was a senior researcher and senior associate (law, economies and justice programme) in IIED's Natural Resources research group until April 2023

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Languages: English, French (professional fluency), Fulfulde (basic)

Brendan’s work focuses on enhancing rural communities’ participation in shaping natural resource policies and practice.


His action research focuses on socio-legal empowerment and natural resource policy across thematic areas such as: land tenure, mining, legal redress, legal empowerment, land-based investments and agriculture value chains.

Before IIED

Prior to joining IIED, Brendan worked for the University of Guelph as a research consultant on the study of the politics of commodities in Central Africa. He has also consulted for international development institutions and NGOs in West and Central Africa.


  • MSc globalisation and development, SOAS
  • BA international relations, Connecticut College