Sydney Church

Senior project manager, IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets research group

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

Sydney is experienced in strategic development, cross-functional team leadership, and inclusive stakeholder engagement in a diverse range of contexts. 

She is adept at managing complex projects, budgets and communication strategies in research-focused environments, as well as mainstreaming gender and social inclusion within the projects that she leads.


Programme and project management; gender and social inclusion; monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Before IIED

Sydney designed and oversaw a spectrum of research and action projects, varying in scale and implemented across diverse contexts. Her portfolio includes successfully upscaling two alliance initiatives, notably the Adaptation Research Alliance and leading the Grassroots Action Research micro-grants. 

Her project management experience spans a wide array of thematic areas, encompassing climate finance and adaptation, green small and medium enterprises, youth work, gender-based violence and economic justice. 


  • MSc, social research methods, University of Sussex
  • BA hons, anthropology, SOAS

Current work

Working on the inclusive green economy and energy programmes of IIED's Shaping Sustainable Markets research group.