International Master of Science in Rural Development
 List of Contributing Scholars

List of Contributing scholars to IMRD


Prof. Garza HERMILIO NAVARRO (Mexico)


Prof. Luis LLAMBí INSUA (Venezuela)


Prof. Eric WAILES (United States) is a native of Colorado where he was raised on a cash crop and dairy farm. He received a B.S. degree in agricultural economics at Cornell University (with a specialization in tropical agriculture) and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia for two years where he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture on a national agricultural crop reporting system and management studies of state enterprises in the Ministry of National Resource Development. He received his Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics at Michigan State University with an emphasis on international policy and marketing. Dr. Wailes is a faculty member of the University of Arkansas (US) since 1980 and conducts research on agricultural policy, trade, and marketing, with an emphasis on the rice sector. He teaches courses in marketing and policy.

Prof. Clement TISDELL (Australia) obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours in Economics (University of New South Wales) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics (Australian National University). He currently is Professor Emeritus at the University of Queensland. Although best known for his works in environmental and ecological economics, his research and writing encompass various areas that include poverty, trade and globalisation, economic development, welfare economics, tourism, natural resources, the economics and socioeconomics of China and India, socioeconomic gender issues, economic theory (e.g., bounded rationality and economic evolution) and the history of economic thought. He is widely published and received numerous awards and honours. He visited Ghent University and Humboldt University of Berlin to lecture on topics in resource and environmental economics. Materials from these lectures have been incorporated in his forthcoming book Resource and Environmental Economics: Modern Issues and Applications (World Scientific, 2009).   CV
Prof. Ramon ESPINEL (Ecuador) holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He was Adjunct Professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida, and also a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral ESPOL, at Guayaquil, Ecuador. His expertise lies in Development Economics, Institutional Economics, Biodiversity and Agricultural Systems and Rural Finance. Projects included Research on biodiversity and agricultural systems; Innovation technologies in input use with small-holder rice producers; Income impact on the use of organic methods (biols) in cocoa production of peasant agriculture in Ecuador; Technology transfer and extension for improvement of small-holder agriculture in the Peninsula de Santa Elena (Ecuador). Prof. Espinel was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in Ecuador (Ministro de Agricultura Ganadería Acuacultura y Pesca (Magap) in July 2009.    CV
Prof. William BLOMQUIST (United States) attended Ohio University from 1975 to 1979 and received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in economics, and a Master of Arts degree in political science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University - Bloomington in 1987. He joined the department of Political Science of the Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (US) in 1987. He teaches American politics, Indiana politics, constitutional law, and occasional courses in public policy or research methods. His primary research focus has been on water problems and policies in the western United States. His publications include Dividing the Waters (1992) and Common Waters, Diverging Streams (2004). His current research focuses on the management of watersheds and river basins in the U.S. and other countries. He was chair of the Department from 1995 to 2002 and became Dean of the School of Liberal Arts in July 2008.   CV
Prof. Qiucheng TAN (China)   CV
Prof. André Kamga (Cameroon)   CV
Prof. M.G. CHANDRAKANTH (India) was trained as a post doctoral fellow (1988-1990) at UC Berkeley (US) in Natural resource and Environmental Economics. He worked on the institutional economics of natural resource use and policies, groundwater institutions and water resource economics. On his return he worked for the Ford Foundation (1994-1999), paved the way for the NATP’s recognition as Team of Excellence in NRE (2000-2005) and contributed to teaching and research in natural resource and environmental economics. His research topics include natural resource economics, management and policy and water resource economics concepts.   CV
Prof. Marshall ODII (Nigeria, 1964) holds a B. Agric. Tech, M.Sc. and PhD degrees of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri and the University of Ibadan in Agricultural Technology and Agricultural Economics respectively. He was the Associate Dean of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology and a Head of Department between 2000 and 2005. He received several academic awards and research grants including the CODESRIA research award on Agrarian change in Africa. He taught at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Abia State University and University of Essex Colchester (United Kingdom). He is widely published and is currently a consultant to a World Bank and African Development Bank Assisted Project based at Imo State Agricultural Development Programme in Nigeria.   CV
Prof. Hu CAILING (China)   CV
Prof. Alam SHAMSUL (Bangladesh)   CV
Prof. Xiaoping SHI (China) holds a PhD in Development Economics and is an professor at College of Public Administration (College of Land Management) and research fellow in the China Centre for Land Policy Research of Nanjing Agricultural University. His research covers development economics and resource and environmental economics. He involved in projects dealing with economic policy reforms, land degradations and sustainable land use in rural China, and he has worked on the impact of off-farm employment on sustainable land use in South-East China for several years. His research has been published in several professional journals, such as China Economic Review, Agricultural System and China & World Economy, and also some published in Chinese journals. He lectured to (amongst others the IMRD) students in Ghent University and Humboldt University.   CV
Prof. SAENZ-SEGURA José Fernando (Costa Rica) was trained in Agricultural Economics in the Universidad de Costa Rica from 1984 to 1990. After his first employment as private consultant for the public and the private sector, he joined the Postgraduate Program of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), where he takes the degree of M.Sc. in Natural Resources Management in 1995. From 1996 to 1998 he works for the project Agrarian Policies for Sustainable Land Use and Food Security, a join research effort between CINPE-UNA and Wageningen University. In 1998 he also worked for the REPOSA Program as part of training cooperation between REPOSA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (MAG). Since 1999, he is following a PH.D. Program in Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The title of his research project is: Contract Farming, Farm Household Decisions, and Sustainable Land Use. His main professional experiences are in Agricultural Economics, Agrarian Policies, and Farm Household Modelling.   CV
Prof. Krishnan Radha ASHOK (India, 1962) is a full professor of agricultural economics in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India. His teaching and research interests include natural resource and environmental economics and agricultural development policy. He has integrated into the IMRD program by delivering lectures on welfare economics and the environment, making presentations in the IMRD seminar course, guiding students in writing seminar papers and helping in their evaluation. Prof. Ashok also made a presentation to the agricultural economics research group at Ghent University, participated in the first annual meeting of the IMRD association and gave a lecture on the rural development experience in India.   CV
Prof. Achille JAZA FOLEFACK (Cameroon) obtained his degree Engineer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Dschang, Cameroon. In 1994 he was recruited in the Cameroon’s public service and worked at the Ministry of Agriculture (Cameroon) from to 1998. He continued his studies at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium and graduated in 2000 as Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Human Ecology with an International Certificate of Human Ecology. From 2002 to 2005 he prepared his PhD in Agricultural Economics which he obtained in 2005 at the University of Giessen, Germany. He then became a full time lecturer at the University of Dschang (Cameroon). He thought in Agrocampus Ouest (France) and Ghent University (Belgium). He is currently a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Bonn (Germany).   CV

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