My Research Collaborators
Bekele Shiferaw was my first PhD-student and was the one to introduce me to Ethiopia where we carried out fieldwork in three different locations with focus on the economics of land degradation and conservation with particular emphasis on the behaviour of poor rural households in relation to these issues. He is now director of the Socioeconomics program of CIMMYT
Mette Wik was one of my first PhD-students and we carried out fieldwork together in Zambia for her PhD-dissertation that focused on risk and rural household behaviour. She is now an associate professor in our department
Fitsum Hagos became my PhD-student after I first involved him as a research assistant on a research project called "Incentives for land conservation" and was helping with implementing the first rural household survey in Tigray region in northern Ethiopia. This has later developed to one of our important household and plot panel data bases where Fitsum was involved in the first rounds and also used to write his PhD-dissertation completed in 2003. After that he went back to Mekelle University and was later engaged by the International Water Management Institute
Menale Kassie became a PhD-student under my supervision in relation to the collaborative research program "Policies for Sustainable Land Management in East Africa". He completed his PhD in 2005 and has after that been working for the Environment for Development network and the Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia and is employed by CIMMYT from June 2010.
Gebrehaweria Gebregziabher from Mekelle University completed his PhD under my supervision in 2008. His dissertation focused on the impacts of irrigation investments in Tigray region. He went back to Mekelle University and became first Head of the Department of Economics and Business Administration and then Director of Education Quality in the university.
Worku Tessema from Hawassa University in southern Ethiopia was accepted as a PhD-student in our Department with me as main supervisor and Arild Angelsen as cosupervisor. His PhD-dissertation focused on households poverty and natural resource utilization in one of the most densely populated areas in Ethiopia, Wollaita. This included studies on land use intensity, investments and synergies between crop (including perennials) and livestock production. He defended his dissertation in 2008. He is now Head of Department of Economics in Hawassa University.
Mintewab Bezabih was an Ethiopian PhD-student at Göteborg University and is linked to the Environment for Development network. We started research collaboration on gender-related issues in Ethiopian agriculture to find out more about why female-headed households had lower land productivity on their land than male-headed households and why this even was the case on their rented out land. She is currently a researcher fellow at University of Portsmouth.
Jeetendra Aryal was first a MSc student in our Development and Resource Economics program and later became a PhD-student under my supervision. His dissertation focuses on caste discrimination and how it relates to land access, land markets and land management in Nepal. His dissertation was submitted in 2010.
Sosina Bezu was first a MSc student in our Development and Resource Economics program and later became a PhD-student under my supervision. Professor Chris Barrett at Cornell University has been her co-supervisor. Her PhD-dissertation focuses on factors associated with rural households' engagement in non-farm activities and its dynamics in Ethiopia and how this affects their welfare using the Ethiopian Rural Household Panel Survey. Her dissertation was submitted in 2010. She is also academic staff in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Hosaena Ghebru was first a MSc student in our Development and Resource Economics program and later became a PhD-student under my supervision. His PhD-dissertation focuses on land rental markets and impacts of land registration and certification in Ethiopia. His dissertation was submitted in 2010. He is also staff in Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia.
Alex Tatwangire worked for IFPRI in Uganda when he was accepted as a PhD-student in our department with me as the main supervisor and Arild Angelsen as co-supervisor. His PhD-disseration focuses on household welfare offects of different types of capital/asset endowments using household panel data from rural Uganda. His dissertation was submitted in 2010.
Rodney Lunduka from University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture, was accepted as a PhD-student in our Department with Ragnar Oygard as main supervisor an me as a co-supervisor. His PhD-dissertation focuses on land rental market participation and how it is related to tenure insecurity, land-related input use intensity and investments. He defended his dissertation in May 2010.
Million Tadesse comes from Southern Agricultural Research Institute in southern Ethiopia. He was accepted as a PhD-student in our department with Ragnar Oygard as main supervisor and myself as co-supervisor. His PhD-dissertation focuses on agricultural contracts, contract choice and impacts of land rental and livestock contracts.