Development

Elements of the food system have strong linkages with issues of development, since developing economies are often largely agricultural, and the poorest people disproportionately suffer from hunger and chronic food insecurity.

People » Marco Springmann

James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin School

Marco is interested in policy analysis and questions related to sustainability.

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People » Mark Hirons

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Mark is a post-doctoral researcher working on the Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) ECOLIMITS project. This interdisciplinary project will be investigating the linkages between ecosystem service provision and the multiple dimensions of poverty in coffee- and cocoa-dominated agricultural settings, focusing on Ethiopia and Ghana respectively. The project will use a range of methods to develop a holistic understanding of how ecosystems influence, and are influenced by, socio-economic, political and cultural conditions across various scales.

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People » Mihika Chatterjee

Researcher

Mihika Chatterjee is a Researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

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People » Monika Zurek

Senior Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute

People » Nathalie Seddon

Professor of Biodiversity & NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Nathalie Seddon studies the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change. Her current work as a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Research Associate of the International Institute for Environment and Development involves translating ecosystem science for the benefit of decision makers in government and business in order to bring the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

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People » Paola Ballon Fernandez

Research Associate, OPHI

Paola's research interest includes structural equation modelling and applied micro-econometrics to development economics.

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People » Phil Poole

Professor of Plant Microbiology

Phil’s research focusses on interactions between plant roots and microbes in the rhizosphere. He has a particular interest in symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

His group studies the physiology of bacterial growth and survival in the rhizosphere, colonisation of roots and how bacteria establish symbiotic interactions with plants. A further focus of his research is the physiology and biochemistry of nitrogen fixation in legume nodules. Recently he has developed new methods to study how plants control the plant root microbiome.

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People » Proochista Ariana

Departmental Lecturer in Global Health and Development & Co-director of the MSc in Global Health Science

Proochista’s research interests lie in the interaction between the processes of development and health, with an appreciation for the complexity of both.

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People » Qhelile Nyathi

MSc (Res) Statistics Candidate

Qhelile Nyathi's current research is on agricultural insurance, looking at the effect of individual agricultural insurance on informal risk-sharing within smallholder farmers' networks. She conducted her field work in Tigray, Ethiopia.

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People » Rachel Friedman

MPhil Student, School of Geography and the Environment

Rachel's MPhil research focuses on the impacts of climate change on women in a Ghanaian cocoa farming system.

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