Ben Belton

Ben Belton

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Ph.D., University of Stirling (UK)
M.Sc., University of Stirling (UK)
B.Sc., (Hons.) University of Nottingham (UK)

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Ben Belton is a fixed-term Associate Professor, International Development, in the Food Security Group at AFRE. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with more than 15 years’ experience living and working in South and Southeast Asia, in countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Ben is a leading global scholar on aquaculture and fisheries development. His research interests are broad, spanning value chains, food systems, livelihoods, rural transformation, agrarian change, and their links to food and nutrition security, poverty, wellbeing, and the environment. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles on these subjects, using a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods to develop an evidence base for effective policy actions. In addition to his role with AFRE, Ben holds joint appointment as Research Associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute, South Asia Region, and is based fulltime in Dhaka, Bangladesh.