Patrick Ward
Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at Duke Kunshan University

Patrick Ward is an assistant professor of environmental economics and policy in the Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program at Duke Kunshan University. Patrick's research focuses on the nexus between agricultural development and environmental sustainability, identifying and evaluating technological, institutional, and financial innovations to increase farm productivity and food security while minimizing deleterious effects on the environment and natural resource base. Prior to joining DKU, Patrick was a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), first in New Delhi, India (2012-2016) and then in Washington, DC (2016-2018). Patrick has extensive experience conducting research in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan), and has also led or contributed to research on agricultural or development issues in China, Malawi, and Kenya. His current research portfolio includes projects on agricultural risk management (including insurance and other financial products as well as stress-tolerant staple crop cultivars), soil fertility management and soil conservation, inclusive development of rural agricultural machinery markets, and water resource management. He is especially interested in how insights from behavioral economics and cognitive psychology can be used to inform policies and interventions to address environmental and natural resource management challenges.

Patrick holds a Ph.D. (2011) in Agricultural Economics with a specialization in International Development from Purdue University (USA).

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