Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Swallow, Brent

Member of Bioversity International Board of Trustees

Brent Swallow, a Canadian national, is Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Swallow earned B.S.A. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His major fields of study were resource economics and development economics; he has studied the nexus between agricultural development and environment throughout his career.

Between 1991 and 2009, Dr. Swallow was a research scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and a program leader and principal scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). He led ICRAF’s pan-tropical research on policy options, natural resource governance and payments for environmental services, and from 2007-9 was Global Coordinator of the Alternatives-to-Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins.

Since arriving at the University of Alberta in 2009, Dr. Swallow has continued to conduct research on bio-carbon offsets in developing countries and in Alberta. With students and collaborators, he has conducted research on the contributions of wild foods to diets in South Africa, social networks in India, and women’s empowerment in Peru. His newest project is concerned with the multiple values of land put to different uses around Alberta’s main cities.

He has authored 90 journal articles and book chapters. He is a Distinguished Associate of the World Agroforestry Centre and a member of the Independent Steering Committee of the Water, Land and Ecosystems program of the CGIAR. He teaches courses on food systems, the economics of world food and agriculture, environmental policy and development economics.

He is married and has four children.

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