Alex Winter-Nelson was named Associate Dean of the Office of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences in the fall of 2018, after serving as director since 2013. Winter-Nelson is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.
He has been at the University of Illinois since completing doctoral studies in applied economics at the Stanford University Food Research Institute in 1992. His research has been motivated by a desire to understand the relationship between market institutions and poverty in developing countries. Most of this research has related to Eastern and Southern Africa, with some work in other regions of Africa and Latin America. Winter-Nelson has also been active in developing academic programs and has served as graduate program director in the Center for African Studies and the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.
He has done extensive research on the effects of agricultural policy in Kenya and on the impact of development interventions on poverty in Ethiopia. He is currently involved in ongoing research in Zambia to evaluate the impact of livestock development on poverty and malnutrition among smallholders. Another strand of his research concerns the potential for commodity exchanges and other market based mechanisms to mitigate risk for farmers in developing countries. His work in Africa was reinforced through visiting appointments at Egerton University in Kenya and at The University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Winter-Nelson has authored dozens of scholarly papers appearing in academic journals and books. His recent book, The Atlas of World Hunger, has been used as a text in courses on global food issues and was the winner of the 2011 James M, Blaut Innovative Publication Award from the Association of American Geographers. His research has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, USAID, the USDA, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has been a consultant for The World Bank, The Nile Basin Initiative, The International Food Policy Research Institute, and The International Center for Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics.
He teaches classes on the world food economy and on international development to undergraduates and graduate students. Past teaching recognitions include the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Hughes Award for Teaching Enhancement and consistent rankings of excellence by his students.
Policy, trade, and development
My research is motivated by an interest in reducing poverty in developing countries. More specific research issues that I address include food and cash crop marketing in Africa, the relationship between agricultural technology and nutrition, and the impacts of animal disease on trade and development.
Ph.D. (Applied Economics), Stanford University, 1992
Additional Campus Affiliations
Acting Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Associate Dean for International Programs, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Director, ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Professor, Center for Global Studies
Professor, European Union Center
Alam, M. M., Ali, M. R., Gope, S. N., Awal, M. A., & Winter-Nelson, A. E. (2022). Hermetic Storage Technology to Reduce Postharvest Loss of Paddy: Farmers to Commercial Scale. Paper presented at 2022 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Houston, United States. https://doi.org/10.13031/aim.202200252
Miljkovic, D., & Winter-Nelson, A. (2021). Measuring postharvest loss inequality: Method and applications. Agricultural Systems, 186, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2020.102984
Kafle, K., Michelson, H., & Winter-Nelson, A. (2019). His, Hers, or Ours: Impacts of a Training and Asset Transfer Programme on Intra-Household Decision-Making in Zambia. Journal of Development Studies, 55(9), 2046-2064. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2018.1516868
Phadera, L., Michelson, H., Winter-Nelson, A., & Goldsmith, P. (2019). Do asset transfers build household resilience? Journal of Development Economics, 138, 205-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2019.01.003
Kafle, K., Jolliffe, D., & Winter-Nelson, A. (2018). Do different types of assets have differential effects on child education? Evidence from Tanzania. World Development, 109, 14-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.04.006