Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela


Current Position
Stand-in Professor (Chair of Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim)
Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development


Research Interests
Food Security, Child Nutrition, Impact Assessment, Gender Studies, Agricultural Economics, Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems, Nutrition Transition, Shocks, Public Interventions

Education

  • PhD in Economics (2014), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
    • MSc in Development and Natural Resource Economics (2009), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
      • B.A in Economics (Great Distinction) (2006), Mekelle University, Ethiopia


      • Professional Experience

        • Stand-in professor (April 2022-present)- Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen
          • Postdoctoral researcher (Jan 2018-March 2022) – Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen
            • Postdoctoral researcher (Dec 2015-Dec 2017) – GlobalFood, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen
              • Consultant (Apr-Dec 2015, Oct-Dec, 2014) – School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
                • Consultant (Dec 2014-Apr 2015, Feb-Nov 2014) – International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

                • Teaching

                  • Lecturer (summer terms 2018-present) – Quantitative Research Methods in Rural Development Economics, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen.
                    • Lecturer (summer term 2022) – Evaluation of Rural Development Projects and Policies (MSc Module), Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Goettingen..
                      • Teaching assistant (Sep-Dec 2012, Sep-Dec 2009) – Resource and Environmental Economics, School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
                        • Teaching assistant (Sep-Dec 2012, Sep-Dec 2010 and Sep-Dec 2009) – Econometric Methods, School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
                          • Graduate Assistant (Sep 2006-Aug 2007) – Department of Economics, Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Courses taught: Linear Algebra, Microeconomics, International Economics, Urban and Regional Economics


                          • Publications
                            Peer Reviewed Articles

                            • Debela, B. L., Ruml, A., Qaim, M. (2021). Effects of contract farming on diets and nutrition in Ghana. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 1-19, http://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13204
                              •  Debela, B.L., Shively, G.E., Holden, S.T. (2021). Implications of food-for-work programs for consumption and production diversity: Evidence from the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. Agriculture and Food Economics 9, 28, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40100-021-00189-1
                                • Debela, B.L., Gehrke, E., Qaim, M. (2020). Links between maternal employment and child nutrition in rural Tanzania. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12113
                                  • Debela, B. L., Demmler, K. M., Klasen, S., & Qaim, M. (2020). Supermarket food purchases and child nutrition in Kenya. Global Food Security, 25, 100341. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2019.100341
                                    • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse, Demmler, Kathrin Maria, Rischke, Ramona and Qaim, Matin. (2017). Maternal nutrition knowledge and child nutritional outcomes in urban Kenya. Appetite 116, 518-526
                                      • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse (2017). Factors Affecting Differences in Livestock Ownership between Male and Female-headed Households in Northern Ethiopia. European Journal of Development Research, 29: 328-347. DOI:10.1057/ejdr.2016.9
                                        • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse, Shively, Gerald. and Holden, Stein. (2015). Does Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Improve Child Nutrition? Food Security, 7(6), 1273-1289 DOI: 10.1007/s12571-015-0499-9
                                          • Debela, Bethelhem., Shively, Gerald., Angelsen, Arild., and Wik, Mette (2012). Economic Shocks, Diversification and Forest Use in Uganda. Land Economics, 88(1): 139-154.

                                          • Working papers and other publications

                                            • Debela, B.L., Gehrke, E. and Qaim, M. (2019). Links between maternal employment and child nutrition in rural Tanzania. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 132, University of Goettingen.
                                              • Abro, Z.A., Debela, B.L., and Kassie, M. (2019). The joint impact of improved maize seeds on productivity and efficiency: implications for policy. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 128, University of Goettingen.
                                                • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse., Shively, Gerald., and Holden, Stein T. (2017). Food for Work and Diet Diversity in Ethiopia. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 111, University of Goettingen. http://www.unigoettingen.de/de/213486.html.
                                                  • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse., and Holden, Stein T. (2014). How Does Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program Affect Livestock Accumulation and Children’s Education? CLTS Working Paper No. 8/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.
                                                    • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse., Shively, Gerald., and Holden, Stein T. (2014). Does Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program Improve Child Nutrition? CLTS Working Paper No. 1/2014. Centre for Land Tenure Studies, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway.
                                                      • Debela, Bethelhem Legesse, Demmler, Kathrin Maria, Rischke, Ramona and Qaim, Matin. (2017). “Maternal nutrition knowledge and child nutritional outcomes in urban Kenya.” Agrar Aktuell. Newsletter der Fakultat fur Agrarwissenschaften, 19:16-17.

                                                      • Ph.D. Thesis
                                                        Debela, Bethelhem Legesse (2014). Attaining Secure Rural Livelihoods: The Role of Household Strategies and Public Interventions. Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Thesis number 2014:93

                                                        Awards

                                                        • Award for Best Course in 2019, Quantitative Research Methods in Rural Development Economics in Degree Program MSc. Sustainable International Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Goettingen
                                                          • 3rd Best Poster Prize, 3rd International Congress on Hidden Hunger, March 20-22, 2017, Stuttgart, Germany
                                                            • Award from Women’s Affairs Office in Mekelle University (Ethiopia) (2006), highest female achiever in the Department of Economics (Two semesters)

                                                            • Languages
                                                              Amharic (Mother tongue), English (Fluent), German (Basic)


                                                              Curriculum Vitae