John Kerr

John Kerr

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Department of Community Sustainability


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Background and Research Interests

John Kerr received his Ph.D. in applied economics in 1990 at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1999 he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC.

His research interests are in international agricultural development and natural resource management. Focal areas of his research have been on adoption of agricultural technology and natural resource conservation practices, collective action and property rights related to natural resource management, and the interaction of these things with rural poverty in developing countries. He has lived in and conducted research in India, Mexico, and Egypt, and conducted short-term research in many other countries as well.  

Selected publications can be found at John Kerr’s Google Scholar page.

International Journal of the Commons  

Kerr is on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Commons, a peer-reviewed, on-line, open access journal dedicated to the study of managing the commons.


Current courses include CSUS 800, Foundations of Community Sustainability; CSUS 300, Theoretical Foundations of Sustainability; and CSUS 429, Program Evaluation for Community Sustainability