What Is CIDER?

CIDER brings together experts in development economics—in particular on poverty, food insecurity, agricultural and rural development, health and education, risk management, and firm and market behavior—to build on Cornell’s legacy of global development innovation. Our programs foster collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and research fellows from four units across campus: the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy (Brooks), and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (SC Johnson College), to help sustainably solve the economic challenges people face around the world.

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CIDER Overview: Our Purpose

Cornell has long been a global leader in international development economics research, teaching, and outreach. Cornell was the main academic incubator of Asia’s Green Revolution and developed the world’s main poverty and food insecurity measures, along with other seminal theories, methods, and empirical findings. CIDER sustains that tradition, fostering collaborations among Cornell faculty, staff, students, and external partners worldwide by working to reduce poverty, hunger, and human suffering.

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The People Behind CIDER

CIDER encompasses core faculty and research staff, affiliated faculty, graduate students, predoctoral research fellows, research staff, and external partners worldwide. These people make CIDER’s work possible.


The CIDER faculty director and programs manager collaborate with the core faculty to deliver programs, engage with students and predoctoral research fellows, organize events, foster partnerships, and promote CIDER’s impact.

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Chris Barrett

Faculty Director

Chris Barrett joined the Cornell faculty in 1998 and is the inaugural faculty director of CIDER. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Food Policy, edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy, and is an editorial board member for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Kelsey Schreiber

Programs Manager

Kelsey Schreiber coordinates the STARS Fellowship, manages the predoctoral fellows, and supports core faculty research. She oversees CIDER’s administration,  outreach, training, course development, event planning, and funder relations.


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CIDER connects, fosters, and promotes Cornell faculty pushing the frontier of development research and practice.


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Structural Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STARS) Fellowship

The Structural Transformation of Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STARS) Fellowship pairs early-career researchers who have earned degrees from low- and lower-middle-income countries with mentors at Cornell and affiliated institutions to strengthen research capacity, reinforce effective policy research, and build networks.

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Predoctoral Research Fellows

The CIDER Predoctoral Fellowship Program provides one to three years of research experience and professional development training with core faculty, typically before entering a PhD program. Additionally, fellows audit coursework, participate in seminars, attend conferences, and network with faculty.


CIDER supports research by Cornell faculty and graduate students. The STARS Fellowship also promotes research by early-career academics from low- and lower-middle-income countries.

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CIDER Faculty Research

CIDER faculty research spans a variety of contemporary development topics, including agriculture, food security, health and nutrition, environmental sustainability, structural transformation, emerging markets, and risk and resilience.

A woman in a lab coat and glasses holding a plant sprout in a greenhouse. STARS Fellows Research

STARS alumni have conducted research on a variety of topics, including agriculture, diet and nutrition, food security, natural resource management, poverty dynamics, risk and resilience, technological change, and value chains.

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‘Economics That Really Matters’ Blog

The Economics That Really Matters blog is run by CIDER graduate students, postdocs, and predocs. The blog invites posts by early-career researchers to highlight early-stage projects and research papers. It also posts interviews with faculty and practitioners to share their thoughts on the future of research in development economics and their advice for emerging researchers.

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CIDER is dedicated to tackling the most challenging economic issues to mitigate poverty and hunger. Within the SC Johnson College, numerous other centers and institutes offer diverse areas of expertise. Take the opportunity to delve into these additional groups and the wealth of knowledge they offer.