Ms Andrea Ruediger

Research Student

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.

Seed security and agro-biodiversity in eastern Ethiopia

Class teacher for quantitative methods for the MPhil in Development Studies at ODID/QEH, Oxford University, 11/2013-05/2014

Research Students supervised

Research interests:

Food security; informal insurance; solidarity networks; rural & agricultural development; East Africa; biodiversity.