Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela

Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela

Current Position
Postdoctoral Researcher


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

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

        • Postdoctoral researcher (Jan 2018-present) – 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 term 2018, 2019, 2020) – Quantitative Research Methods in Rural Development Economics, 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., 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