Jordan Chamberlin

Jordan Chamberlin

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Former Assistant Professor, International Development
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.A., Arizona State University
B.A., University of Washington


Jordan Chamberlin is currently a Spatial Economist at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).  He was formerly an Assistant Professor, International Development, and a member of AFRE’s Food Security Group. He joined the AFREfaculty in May 2013 and was on long-term assignment in Lusaka, Zambia with the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), formerly the Food Security Research Project.  He conducted collaborative research and training on microeconomic analysis of smallholder livelihoods in Zambia and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jordan began his work in rural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, where he worked with beekeepers in Canindeyú Department. Prior to coming to Michigan State, he was a Scientist with the International Food Policy Research Institute, based in Ethiopia.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Evolving land markets and related institutions in Africa
  • Rural population mobility and the functioning of land and labor markets
  • Linkages between rural infrastructure investments, market access and smallholder commercialization
  • Market intermediation services provided by small traders and transporters
  • Integration of household survey data with remote sensing and geospatial information
  • Spatial econometric methods applied within household survey data contexts


  • Ongoing advising of 4 Zambian research fellows on selected topic

Research Impact


Publications (View all Chamberlin’s publications on Google Scholar sorted by year)

Selected Publications

Chamberlin, Jordan, T. S. Jayne, and D. Headey. 2014. “Scarcity amidst abundance? Reassessing the potential for cropland expansion in Africa.” Food Policy. 

Chamberlin, J. and T.S. Jayne. 2012. Unpacking the Meaning of “Market Access”. World Development. Volume 41, January 2013, Pages 245–264.

Chamberlin, J. and E. Schmidt. 2012. Ethiopian Agriculture: A Dynamic Geographic Perspective. Chapter 2 in: “Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia: Progress and Policy Challenges.” International Food Policy Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania press.

Chamberlin, J. 2007. It’s a small world after all: Defining smallholder agriculture in Ghana. GSSP Working Paper 6. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC.

Chamberlin, J., J. Pender, and B. Yu.  2006.  Development Domains for Ethiopia: Capturing the Geographical Context of Smallholder Development Options.  ESSP Working Paper 6. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC.


Recent Research and Policy Presentations