Mara van den Bold joined IFPRI in 2012 and is a Senior Research Analyst in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). At IFPRI, her research focuses mainly on agriculture, nutrition, and gender. Her work has primarily fallen under several large research consortia: Transform Nutrition, Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), and the new Transform Nutrition-West Africa.
Prior to joining IFPRI, Mara worked in London at WaterAid, where she worked primarily on developing the organization’s Pan-Africa program of work. Mara holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2008), and a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Union College, NY (2006). Her previous research has focused on agrarian reform, implications of land administration projects in indigenous communities in Guatemala, and identity formation of social movements within the context of natural resource extraction in Nigeria. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Geography at Clark University.