Katrina Kosec is a Senior Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where she is Theme Leader for Public Investment. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Kosec’s research focuses on the linkages between governance, public investment, gender and economic shocks. One strand of work investigates the impacts of institutions and governance on poverty, citizen attitudes, aspirations and trust in government. She considers the drivers of women’s empowerment and political influence, and the gendered impacts of policies and economic shocks. Kosec holds a Ph.D. in Political Economics from Stanford University, US, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Economics.