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Andrea is currently in the final year of her doctorate on agricultural development in Ethiopia at ODID/QEH. Her research focusses on agro-biodiversity, disease management and seed security of small-farming households in the highlands of Eastern Ethiopia using econometric as well as mixed methods.
Alongside her research Andrea also worked as a research fellow for the CGIAR centre Bioversity International. In this capacity Andrea successfully conducted on impact assessment of a project strengthening the resilience of small farmers to climate change and managed a survey of 450 households.
Before starting her doctorate, Andrea worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. At FAO she was part of a team developing a platform for agricultural best practices and knowledge sharing (TECA) designed for practitioners in developing countries. Andrea also gained professional experience in international development working for non-governmental organisations in Northern Uganda and Eastern Congo.
Andrea holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University (2009-2011, distinction) and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Tuebingen University (2006-2009, first class). Andrea also studied international development and African politics at the Institut d’Études Politiques/Sciences Po Paris. Her previous research focussed on governance of non-state actors in areas of limited statehood.