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Nicolas Gerber


Dr. Nicolas Gerber

AFECO Study Programme Manager
Chair of Economics of Sustainable Land Use and Bioeconomy

Nussallee 19
D-53115 Bonn, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 228 73-3036

Research Interests

  • African urban food systems and nutrition
  • Socio-economic and health impacts of global bioeconomy value chains
  • Agricultural innovation and sustainable intensification in Africa
  • The nexus of agriculture and WASH: behavioral change, health and nutrition impacts
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Economics of land degradation and drought
  • Biodiversity measurement and conservation


  • NOURICITY - “Partnerships for healthy diets and nutrition in urban African food systems – evidence and strategies” (2018- )
  • STRIVE - “Sustainable TRade and InnoVation transfer in the bioEconomy: From National Strategies to Global Sustainable Development Goals” (2017-2021)
  • FOODSECURE - “Exploring the future of global food and nutrition security” (2012-2017)
  • WATSAN-AGRICULTURE - “Guiding pro-poor investments in the nexus among domestic water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene, and agriculture from the bottom-up” (2015-2016)
  • ELD - “The economics of desertification, land degradation and drought: Towards an integrated global assessment” (2010-2011)


2000 - 2006 PhD in Economics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1997 - 1998 M.Sc. in Environmental & Resource Economics, University College London, England
1992 - 1997 Licence en Sciences Economiques, Ecole des HEC, Université de Lausanne, Suisse

Work Experience

  • AFECO Study Programme Manager, Institute for Food and resource economics (ILR), University of Bonn (2021 - )
  • Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Department of Economic and Technological Change (2007-2021)
  • Associate Lecturer, School of Economics, University of New South Wales, Australia (2001-2006)
  • Research Officer, Environment and Conservation Economics Section, Policy and Science Division, NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, Australia (2005-2006)


Usman, M. A., and Gerber, N. (2021). Assessing the effect of irrigation on household water quality and health: A case study in rural Ethiopia. International journal of environmental health research, 31(4): 433-452. DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1668544.

Bonuedi, I., Gerber, N. and Kornher, L. (2021). Intervening in Cash Crop Value Chains for Improved Nutrition: evidence from Rural Sierra Leone. The Journal of Development Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2021.1945043

Nshakira-Rukundo, E., Mussa, E., Nshakira, N., Gerber, N., and von Braun, J. (2021). Impact of community-based health insurance on utilisation of preventive health services in rural Uganda: a propensity score matching approach. International Journal of Health Economics and Management. DOI: 10.1007/s10754-021-09294-6

Nshakira-Rukundo E., Mussa E.C., Gerber N. and von Braun J. (2020). Impact of voluntary community-based health insurance on child stunting: Evidence from rural Uganda. Social Science and Medicine 245: 112738. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112738

Usman, M. A. and Gerber, N. (2020). Irrigation, drinking water quality, and child nutritional status in northern Ethiopia. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 10(3): 425-434. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2020.045

Mikémina, P., Gerber, N. and T. Wünscher, T. (2020). Impacts of Adaptation to Climate Change on farmers’ income in the Savana Region of Togo, Revue Economique, 2020/7 : 1042-1064.

Sakketa, T.G. and Gerber, N. (2020), Rural Shadow Wages and Youth Agricultural Labor Supply in Ethiopia: Evidence from Farm Panel Data, in “Change at Home, in the Labor Market, and On the Job” (Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 48), edited by Polachek, S.W. and Tatsiramos, K. Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 61-105. DOI: 10.1108/S0147-912120200000048003.

Nshakira-Rukundo E., Mussa E.C., Nshakira N., Gerber N. and von Braun J. (2019) Determinants of enrolment and renewing of community-based health insurance in households with under-5 children in rural south-western Uganda. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 8(10): 593-606. DOI:10.15171/ijhpm.2019.49.

Okyere, C. Y., Pangaribowo, E. H. and Gerber, N. (2019). Household Water Quality Testing and Information: Identifying Impacts on Health Outcomes and Sanitation-and Hygiene-Related Risk-Mitigating Behaviors. Evaluation Review, 43(6): 370-395. DOI: 10.1177/0193841X19885204

Usman, M., Gerber, N., and von Braun, J. (2019). The Impact of Drinking Water Quality and Sanitation on Child Health: Evidence from Rural Ethiopia. The Journal of Development Studies 55(10): 2193-2211. DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1493193

Hasan, M. M., and Gerber, N. (2018). Bacterial contamination of drinking water and food utensils: impacts of piped water on child health in North-Western Bangladesh. Water Resources and Rural Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.wrr.2018.10.001

Usman, M. A., Gerber, N., and Pangaribowo, E. H. (2018). Drivers of microbiological quality of household drinking water – a case study in rural Ethiopia. Journal of Water and Health, 16(2): 275-288. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2017.069

Mekonnen, D.A., Gerber, N. and Matz, J.A. (2018). Gendered social networks, agricultural innovations and farm productivity in Ethiopia. World Development 105: 321-335. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.020

Narayanan, S. and Gerber, N. (2017). Social Safety Nets for Food and Nutrition Security in India, Global Food Security 15: 65-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.gfs.2017.05.001

Mekonnen, D.A., Gerber, N. (2017). Aspirations and food security in rural Ethiopia. Food Security 9(2): 371-385. DOI: 10.1007/s12571-017-0654-6

Gerber, N. and Bhaduri, A. (2017). Producers’ well-being and natural resource extraction - the Eaglewood trade in Papua New Guinea. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 46(1): 21-43. DOI: 10.1017/age.2016.33

Gerber, N. (2011). Biodiversity measures based on species-level dissimilarities: a methodology for assessment. Ecological Economics 70: 2275-2281. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.08.013








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