Steven Cole

Senior Scientist, Gender Specialist
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


Gender research coordinator at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Steven Cole, a US Citizen, is the Senior Scientist (Gender Specialist) for IITA, based in the Eastern Africa Hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He obtained his PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2012. He also holds a MSc degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BSc in Health and Nutrition. Cole employs a mixed methodology in his research and strives to work collaboratively with biophysical scientists to ensure that agriculture research for development has greater impact. He led the social science research for WorldFish in Zambia over the past six years, integrating gender and other social science perspectives in aquaculture, small-scale fisheries, value chains and nutrition research. He also led a number of research projects more recently focused on piloting pro-poor, gender and youth-inclusive approaches in aquaculture value chains in Zambia, Sierra Leone, and, together with IITA colleagues, in DRC.