Dr. Kacana Khadjavi

Kiel Institute Researcher
International Development, Globalization and Sustainable Structural Change

Topics: Natural Resources, Emerging Markets & Developing Countries, Africa


Main research interests

  • FDI in land and smallholder agricultural production
  • The socio-economic drivers of land-use change

Kacana Sipangule Khadjavi is a Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Poverty Reduction Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet). She is a development economist whose research focuses on the emergence of large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries and their impacts on smallholder agriculture and rural household dynamics. A second strand of research focuses on the intersection between institutions, norms, traditions and household-decision making in developing countries. She mostly applies household survey data analysis and economic experiments in her work. She is passionate about promoting transparency and reproducibility in research and is a Catalyst of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS).

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Goettingen, a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Development Studies and Economics from the University of Zambia. She has held visiting positions at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER), the Oxford Department of International Development and was previously employed as a Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute for Global Area Studies.