Danielle Resnick

Danielle Resnick

Nonresident Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Danielle Resnick is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a nonresident fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings. From 2021-2023, she was a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings. Key research areas include the political economy of agricultural policy and food systems, decentralization, urban governance, informality, and democratization. She has conducted analysis, policy outreach, and/or fieldwork in a wide range of countries, including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, and Zambia.

Her work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Democratization, Food Policy, Nature Food, and World Development, among others. She has authored or co-edited several books, including “The Political Economy of Food System Transformation: Pathways to Progress in a Polarized World” (with Johan Swinnen, OUP/IFPRI, 2023), “Ghana’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation: Past Performance and Future Prospects” (with Xinshen Diao, Peter Hazell, and Shashi Kolavalli, OUP/IFPRI, 2019), and “Urban Poverty and Party Populism in African Democracies” (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her analysis and commentary also have been featured in several popular outlets, including Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, National Public Radio, Radio France International, France24, and Voice of America.

She has served in several advisory roles, including currently on the U.N.’s High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition for the 2024 report on Strengthening Urban and Peri-Urban Food Systems and on the advisory group for the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice. She previously was a member of the Lead Expert Group for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GloPan) for the 2020 report on Future Food Systems. Resnick further serves as a country expert for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index and currently sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Development Studies, Regional and Federal Studies, and Populism.

She received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University, M.Sc. in development tudies from London School of Economics, and B.S. in international political economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Decentralization
    • Democratization
    • Political Economy of Development
    • Urban Governance
  • Current Positions

    • Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Past Positions

    • Nonresident Senior Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
    • David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings (2022-2023)
    • Senior Research Fellow and Governance Theme Leader, International Food Policy Research Institute
    • Research Fellow, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research
  • Education

    • Ph.D. and M.A. in Government, Cornell University
    • M.Sc. in Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
    • B.S. in International Affairs, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Media and Appearances

France 24 July 28, 2023

If the West decides to isolate the new regime [in Niger], it is possible that it will turn towards groups like the Wagner Group and Russia to support their efforts and gain legitimacy.

France 24 June 7, 2023

There’s a lot of anger and frustration … and young people see Sonko as the last chance to potentially oust Sall.

Here & Now May 4, 2022

Combined with climate shocks, conflict in places like Ethiopia, and … supply chain shortages caused by COVID-19, the war in Ukraine is just exacerbating the impacts on food and economic..."

The World March 13, 2022

Prices are rising across the board but not as much for things like sorghum or barley or millet, which are more domestically produced cereals in Africa.

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