Centre for Development, Environment and Policy

Professor Nigel Poole

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Professor of International Development Policy Food Studies Centre Member Centre for Development, Environment and Policy Member
BSc (Notts); MSc (Reading); MSc, PhD (London)
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Nigel originally trained in natural sciences and agricultural extension. 

He switched into socioeconomics and has experience in diverse countries in Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-east Asia. His teaching is mainly in marketing, business and knowledge management. Since 2004 he has supervised 16 PhD students to completion and co-supervised a number of others. 

His research interests are in agrifood systems organisation and performance, principally in developing economies, addressing issues of:

  • Value chain approaches to agricultural market development, nutrition and poverty reduction
  • Marketing, information, communication and market coordination
  • Management of natural resources and derived products
  • Livelihoods, small business development, producer organisations and capacity building

This work uses institutional concepts in agricultural economics and supply chain management, and also draws on other disciplines. He is currently completing analyses of dairy production and consumption as part of research on agrifood health and nutrition value chain linkages with the DFID-funded multi-institutional LANSA research programme in South Asia, covering Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

For this programme he led the Afghanistan Working Group and the work on value chains for nutrition. He has been a member of the Board of CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza/Centre for Tropical Agricultural Research and Teaching), Costa Rica, since 2013 and was Chairman for two years till September 2019.

He is Chairman of a small charity supporting schooling in Delhi, India (Wye and Brook India Trust, registered charity number 288217).


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