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Dr. Renata Serra
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Renata Serra

Renata Serra (PhD Economics, Cambridge University, UK) is a Lecturer at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. She is affiliated with the UF Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and is core Faculty and graduate student coordinator for the UF Master in Sustainable Development Program. An economist by training, she has 15 years experience of research, teaching and consultancy on issues of African development, especially in Francophone West Africa. Main areas of expertise include: the political economy of agriculture; aid and economic reforms; household economics and gender issues; child fostering and child work; social capital and collective action in rural economies.

Teaching - Fall 2014

  • Children in Developing Countries
  • Development Theory and Practice in Africa and Latin America (Core course for the Master in Development Theory and Practice)


Current research projects:
  • Women's collective action in agricultural markets in Ethiopia, Mali and Tanzania
  • Development, climate change and security in the Sahel
  • Cotton sector reforms in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Mali
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