Camilla Toulmin

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Camilla Toulmin at Chatham House in 2013

Camilla Toulmin (born 1954 in Melbourne) is a British economist and former Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Her career has focused on policy research about agriculture, land, climate and livelihoods in dryland regions of Africa. She became a senior fellow of IIED in late June 2015, and is Professor of Practice at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.

Education and career[edit]

Toulmin is the daughter of the philosopher Stephen Toulmin, is married to Sir Mark Jones, and has three children. She has a BA degree in economics from Cambridge University, an MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a DPhil in the economics of Malian dryland farming households from the University of Oxford. Her DPhil was completed in only two years, and used data collected while running a research programme in Mali. From 1987 to 2002, she managed IIED's Drylands Programme, and acted as the Institute's director from February 2004 to June 2015.[1][2] She is on the board of trustees of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.


Toulmin's fifty most recent publications are available to download from IIED's publications database[permanent dead link].


  • J.Pretty, C.Toulmin, S.Williams (eds.). 2011. Sustainable Intensification: Increasing Productivity in African Food and Agricultural Systems. London: Earthscan.
  • Toulmin, C. 2009. Climate Change in Africa. London: Zed Books. ISBN 978-1-84813-015-9
  • C. Reij, I. Scoones, C. Toulmin (eds.) 2006. Sustaining the Soil: Indigenous soil and water conservation in Africa. London: Earthscan. ISBN 1-85383-372-X
  • B.Wisner, C. Toulmin, R.Chitiga. (eds.) 2005. Towards a New Map of Africa. London: Earthscan.
  • C.Toulmin, P.Lavigne Delville, S.Traoré (eds.) 2002. The Dynamics of Resource Tenure in West Africa. London: Earthscan.
  • I. Scoones, C. Toulmin. 2001. Policies for Soil Fertility Management in Africa. Sussex and London: IDS and DfID.
  • Toulmin, C. 1992. Cattle, women, and wells: managing household survival in the Sahel. Oxford: Clarendon.


  1. ^ "Camilla Toulmin | International Institute for Environment and Development". Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Brief Bio : Dr. Camiliia Toulmin" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-09.