Last Update: October 9, 2007
Doctoral Students Competition

An international competition was held from June to September to identify and invite leading doctoral students working on poverty and hunger to the conference "Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People" on October 17-19, 2007, in Beijing, China. PhD students working on issues related to poverty and hunger were encouraged to submit an application outlining their research and the relevance of their work to the theme of the conference. Ten applicants were selected as IFPRI 2020 Vision Doctoral Students and invited to this conference.

The selected applicants and their affiliations, country of origin and research focus are presented in alphabetical order below:

  • Nina Fenton, Oxford University, UK
    A UK national conducting research on "Poverty, inequality and education in rural China during the marketization period"
    Research Summary: (PDF 161K)
  • Arkadipta Ghosh, Pardee RAND Graduate School, USA
    An Indian national conducting research on "Health and nutrition in rural India: evaluation the role of public policy"
    Research Summary: (PDF 44K)
  • Emilio Hernandez, Ohio State University, USA
    A Nicaraguan national conducting research on "The impact of access to different liquidity sources, such as subsidies, remittances and credit on poor households"
    Paper: (PDF 186K)
  • Munenobu Ikegami, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
    A Japanese national conducting research on "Household investment, altruistic transfer and poverty dynamics"
  • Xiangping Jia, University of Hohenheim, Germany
    A Chinese national conducting research on "Credit rationing of rural households in north China"
    Paper: (PDF 143K)
  • Donald Makoka, University of Bonn, Germany
    A Malawian national conducting research on "Risk, risk management and vulnerability to poverty at the household level in Malawi"
    Research Summary: (PDF 177K)
  • Susan Olivia, University of California, Davis, USA
    An Indonesian national conducting research on "Poverty mapping and targeting in China"
    Research Summary: (PDF 18K)
  • Catherine Porter, University of Oxford, UK
    A UK national conducting research on "Risk, vulnerability and welfare outcomes of household and individuals in rural Ethiopia"
    Paper: (PDF 885K)
  • Fredu Tegebu, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
    An Ethiopian national conducting research on "Rural poverty, asset holdings and household livelihood and interaction with local institutions"
    Paper: (PDF 94K)
  • Bejoy K. Thomas, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
    An Indian national conducting research on "Poverty knowledge and development actors: approaches and responses of development actors to rural poverty"
    Research Summary: (PDF 101K)

During their stay in Beijing, the selected doctoral students will:

  • Attend a one day workshop on October 16 where they will meet the other selected doctoral students, present their doctoral research to other recipients and receive feedback from leading researchers in the field.
    Download Workshop Agenda: (PDF 83K)
  • Attend the global conference on October 17–19 where they will have the opportunity to hear leading world thinkers, politicians, social entrepreneurs, and actors in the development field discuss taking action for the world’s poorest and hungry, and to contribute to the conference deliberations through active participation in roundtable discussions and plenary interventions.
  • Contribute to the conference follow-up by identifying research and action priorities that emerge from conference deliberation and providing a written note sharing their perspectives.

For more information on this competition please contact Ruth Vargas Hill