Regina Birner joins PIM’s Independent Steering Committee


March 6, 2020

We are excited to welcome Prof. Dr. Regina Birner to PIM’s Independent Steering Committee (ISC)!

The ISC is the main independent advisory body of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM). It provides the program’s management with high-level expert advice on strategic directions, research priorities and focus, and relevant governance and partnership issues.

Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Her research focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes and on the role of governance and institutions in agricultural development, with a focus on smallholder farming. Gender is a cross-cutting concern in her research. Regina Birner has extensive empirical research experience in Africa and in South and South-East Asia, and she has published widely in these fields. Regina Birner is a member of the Advisory Council on Agricultural Policy of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and a member of the Advisory Council on Bioeconomy of the German Federal Government. She has been consulting with international organizations, including the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Regina Birner holds a postdoctoral degree (“Habilitation”) in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Socio-Economics of Agricultural Development, both from the University of Göttingen. She received her M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Sciences from the Technische Universität München-Weihenstephan, Germany. (See more here)

Frank Place, PIM Director, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Birner onto the PIM Independent Steering Committee. In addition to her vast experience in international research and development, she has a strong understanding of CGIAR and how policy, institution, and market research can best contribute to its vision of a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.”


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