Patti Kristjanson

Dr. Kristjanson is an agricultural economist whose expertise includes poverty and livelihood analyses, impact assessment and agricultural system analyses.

She has over 20 years of post-PhD experience leading and managing multidisciplinary teams from international and national agricultural research centres, in collaboration with universities, donors, private and public sectors across Africa and Asia.

With University teaching and student supervision experience along with applied economic and policy analysis training in Africa and Asia, Dr. Kristjanson has published widely and has presented at numerous international conferences.

Based in Nairobi at the International Livestock Research Institute from 1996 to 2010, her recent focus has been upon exploring how and what innovative agricultural research, engagement models, and institutional change can increase the likelihood of generating knowledge linking with actions that help sustainably alleviate poverty.


Some recent publications

Kristjanson P, Mango N, Krishna A, Radeny M, Johnson N. 2009. Understanding poverty dynamics in Kenya. Journal of International Development. Published Online in Advance of Print: Jun 25 2009 DOI: 10.1002/jid.1598.
Homewood K, Trench P, Kristjanson P (eds). 2009. Staying Maasai? Livelihoods, conservation and development in East African Rangelands. Springer Press.  Available at:

Reid RS, Nkedianye D, Said MY, Kaelo D, Neselle M, Makui O, Onetu L, Kiruswa S, Ole Kamuaro N, Kristjanson P, Burnsilver SB, Goldman M, Boone RB, Dickson NM, Clark WC.  2009.  Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, published online before print November 3, 2009, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900313106.
Kristjanson P, Reid R, Dickson N, Clark WC, Romney D, Puskur R, MacMillan S, Grace D.  2009. Linking International Agricultural Research Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development.  Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 9(13):5047-5052.
Little PD, McPeak J, Barrett C, Kristjanson P. 2008. Challenging Orthodoxies: Understanding Pastoral Poverty in East Africa. Development and Change 39 (4): 585-609.
Thornton PK, Jones PG, Owiyo T, Kruska RL, Herrero M, Orindi V, Bhadwal S, Kristjanson P, Notenbaert A, Bekele N,  Omolo A. 2008. Climate change and poverty in Africa: Mapping hotspots of vulnerability. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Vol 2 No 1 March.

Okwi P, Ndeng'e G, Kristjanson P, Arunga M, Notenbaert A, Omolo A, Henninger N, Benson T, Kariuki P, Owuor J.  2007. Geographic determinants of poverty in rural Kenya: A national and provincial analysis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104 (43):16721-17240.

Kristjanson P, Krishna A, Radeny M, Kuan J, Quilca G, Sanchez-Urrelo A, Leon-Velarde C. 2007. Poverty Dynamics and the Role of Livestock in the Peruvian Andes. Agricultural Systems 94:294–308.

Thornton PK, Jones PG, Owiyo TM, Kruska  RL, Herrero M, Kristjanson P, Notenbaert A, Bekele N, Omolo A.  2006. Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa.  Report to the Department for International Development. ILRI, Nairobi Kenya. Pp 200.