Debating Africa

Dr. Fatima Denton

Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA)


Dr. Denton is the Director of the United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). Prior to joining UNU-INRA, she worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as Director of the Special Initiatives Division and Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC). An accomplished senior manager, she is renowned across the research and implementation branches of the UN for her in depth knowledge of natural resource management and extensive experience in research and policy development in the African region.
Dr. Denton’s research has centred on climate change adaptation with a focus on resilience systems in sectors such as agriculture, water and energy, principally in Africa. Her work has explored the intersections between adaptation and mitigation, gender and development, and energy poverty and development; since 2012 she has specialised in green industrialisation, decarbonisation strategies and renewable energy transformations in Africa.

Dr. Denton was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on climate change and land. She is a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III, and was previously a Lead Author for the Working Group II Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports and the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation. She has served on numerous scientific committees and boards and is currently on the advisory committee and scientific board of Future Earth. She is also a Commissioner for Global Economic Transformation (CGET) at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Dr. Denton has written more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, reports and books and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, UK

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