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Leontief Home | Other Recipients

Biographies of 2012 Leontief Award Recipients:

Michael Lipton
Dr. Michael Lipton

Dr. Michael Lipton is Research Professor of Economics at Sussex University, UK. He is a leading economist specializing in agricultural research, nutrition, land reform, demographic change, and poverty and inequality. His famous works, including Why People Stay Poor: Urban Bias and World Development (1977) and New Seeds and Poor People (1989, with Richard Longhurst), have been major contributions to the fields of food and agricultural research. His latest book is Land Reform in Developing Countries: property rights and property wrongs (2009). He is now writing Malthus and Africa, on the population-agriculture interface. During his 25 years as Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies, Dr. Lipton founded and directed the Village Studies Programme (1971-6), which collated over 3000 primary surveys and produced books on "why villages differ" in nutrition, migration and labour use. He was Lead Scholar for the Rural Poverty Report of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (2002), working at Sussex University with the Poverty Research Unit, which he founded in 1994, and which has contributed to reports from the United Nations, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He has conducted fieldwork mainly in India (starting with eight months in Kavathe village, near Satara, Maharashtra), and in Bangladesh, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

He has been elected to Fellowships of All Souls College, Oxford (1961-8 and 1982-4), MIT (Rockefeller Fellow, 1962-3), the British Academy (2006), and the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (2011). He holds a D. Litt (1982) and a CMG (2003).

He is currently on the Program Advisory Committee of HarvestPlus (the CGIAR's biofortification research group), and in the UK on the Boards of the Overseas Development Institute, the Journal of Development Studies and International Development Enterprises. The author of over 150 publications, including eight books, Dr. Lipton has served as an advisor to the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Labor Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank.

C. Peter Timmer
Dr. Peter Timmer

C. Peter Timmer is one of the world’s preeminent agricultural economists and a leading expert on food policy. His seminal book, Food Policy Analysis (co-authored with Falcon and Pearson), is considered to be the groundbreaking work on understanding food economies nearly 30 years after its publication. Dr. Timmer has held faculty positions at Harvard, Stanford, and Cornell Universities and served as Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of Californian at San Diego. He has authored over 100 publications, including six books.

He is currently Cabot Professor of Development Studies, emeritus, Harvard University, and continues his work on the political economy of agricultural policy and the functioning of the world rice market. He also serves as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on agricultural development and food security issues.


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