Katrina Kosec

Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


Katrina Kosec is a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University

Kosec's research focuses on the linkages between governance, gender, and poverty. One strand of work investigates the impacts of government policies and public sector incentives on poverty, women’s empowerment, and individuals’ attitudes and aspirations. A second considers the drivers of women’s voice and influence beyond the household, considering the roles of public sector policies, private sector practices, interventions led by Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and civil society actors, climate change, and economic shocks. 

Kosec holds a Ph.D. in Political Economics and M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, US, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Economics. She also holds a B.Sc. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Kosec’s work has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Development Economics and Nature Climate Change. Others include the Journal of Health Economics, World Politics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and World Development. Her work has also featured in the Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and NPR, and cited by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.