Sylvia Kay is a political scientist with an MSc. in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Social Science (LSE). She joined TNI in 2011 as a researcher working on issues around land tenure, natural resource governance, and agricultural investment. She has written various studies and policy briefs for TNI on land and water grabbing, the role of public policy in rural development, and different models of agricultural investment.
She has contributed to a number of books, including the Handbook on International Political Economy of Production (Edward Elgar, 2015) and peer reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Peasant Studies. She is the lead author of an official European Parliament commissioned study on land grabbing in Europe.
She has over two years of experience of direct engagement with the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, where she participated in the negotiations on the Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems. She is regularly asked to present her research at international conferences including at the University College London, the International Institute of Social Studies, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.