Ruth Meinzen-Dick



Senior Research Fellow


Ruth Meinzen-Dick has over 25 years’ experience in transdisciplinary research. One of her major research areas deals with how institutions and policies affect the way people manage natural resources, especially land and water. She also studies gender issues in agriculture, with a particular focus on gender differences in control over assets, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty.  She is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications based on this research. In addition to leading numerous large research programs, she is Coordinator of the CGIAR program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi), and co-leader of IFPRI’s research theme on Strengthening Institutions and Governance.  Much of her research has been in South Asia and Africa south of the Sahara.

A citizen of the United States, Meinzen-Dick was raised in India. She received her PhD and MSc degrees in development sociology from Cornell University and her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Washington University.

Ruth Meinzen-Dick's bibliography

Languages spoken: English, German, Tamil

Recent Events

Mar 19, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018
Land and Poverty Conference 2018
Aug 28, 2016 to Sep 2, 2016
World Water Week
Dec 5, 2015 to Dec 7, 2015
2015 Global Landscapes Forum