Senior Lecturer Center for African Studies
Renata Serra is a Senior Lecturer at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida, and a graduate advisor for the Master in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP) program. Renata's areas of expertise are economic and institutional development, agricultural and livestock policies, gender issues, and women's rural cooperatives, access to markets by small-holders, and social capital.
Renata leads efforts to improve the enabling environment for livestock policies and reduce the gap between research and policy-making, as part of USAID Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab at UF/IFAS. She is also Co-PI for a Project on Advancing Gender Integration into the Livestock Vaccine Value Chains in Nepal, Senegal, and Uganda, funded by IDRC and the BMGF. She collaborates with development organizations on gender integration into agricultural and livelihood programming.
Her main geographical focus is West and East Africa and she is a core member of the UF Sahel Research Group, especially contributing to work on Mali, Niger, and Senegal. Renata holds a MPhil and a PhD in Economics from Cambridge University, UK.