Dr Marcelin Tonye Mahop

Dr Marcelin Tonye Mahop


I join the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) with an academic background and additional training which comprise qualifications in biological sciences, environmental governance, intellectual property rights. My career trajectory include work experience in agricultural policies, seeds regulations and seeds systems in Africa, agricultural biotechnology and science policies in Africa, the biodiversity cluster of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) with a focus on Access and Benefit Sharing frameworks of the e.g. Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity and of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the FAO; international intellectual property treaties such as the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the UPOV Convention and regional intellectional property regimes accross Africa etc, the rights of indigenous and local communities and the protection of traditional knowledge innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities.

Before joining SRI, I held research fellowship positions at Queen Mary University Centre for Commercial Law Studies and at the University of Wageningen Law and Governance Group, a visiting fellowship at Brunel Law School, an Environmental Policy expert Position at the Congo Basin Ecosystems Conservation Support Programme (PACEBCo) of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and have either held consultancy positions with the United Nations Environment Programme Division for Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) and the Unioted Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the IUCN, the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Programme, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) among others.

I have a PhD in Intellectual Property Rights law (Queen Mary, University of London); MSc in Seed Technology (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon); BSc in Natural Sciences (University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon) and training in Environmental Governance at the University of Amsterdam and Panteion University of Athens


  • Research on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policies
  • Plan and undertake Field work in the four target countries Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia
  • Contribute to general implementation of AFRICAP Programme and Research at SRI

Research interests

Involved in:

- Full time as Research Fellow on Climate Smart Agriculture Policies under AFRICAP- Agricultural and Food-System Resilience Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=BB%2FP027784%2F1

- Associate Researcher to the Project New ABS Legislation and Practice and Compliance with the Nagoya Protocol based at the University of Bremen, in Germany: https://www.jura.uni-bremen.de/institutes/research-centre-for-european-environmental-law/research-projects/legal-consulting/new-abs-legislation/

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Intellectual Property Rights, Centre for Commercial Law Studies,Queen Mary, University of London
  • MSc, Seed Technology University of Yaounde I
  • BSc, Biological Sciences, University of Yaounde I,

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute