Provost's Fellow for Internationalization,
Office of Vice Provost for International Affairs
Areas of Expertise
- Agricultural Policy
- Climate Change
- International Trade, Finance and Development
- Natural Resource Management
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Technology Adoption
- Applied Economics and Management
- Conservation and Sustainable Development
- International Agriculture and Rural Development
- Latin American Studies
- Natural Resources
- Doctorate University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
- Master's Degree University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
- Bachelor of Arts Amherst College, 1972
David R. Lee is International Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Provost’s Fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University. He received his B.A. degree from Amherst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses mainly on the interface between economic development, agriculture and the environment, including food security, sustainable agriculture, technology adoption, environmental services, climate change, and agricultural and environmental policy. He has conducted research or consulted in nearly 30 countries, principally in Latin America, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. He has served as a visiting economist in the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (Rome), in the Chief Economist’s Office of the U.S. Agency for International Development (Washington, DC) and in the Economic Research Service of USDA (Washington, DC), as a Visiting Fellow at the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin, Italy, and as a visiting professor at universities in Italy, the Netherlands, Venezuela, and Honduras.
Prof. Lee teaches a university-wide undergraduate course in “International Trade and Finance,” and a graduate course on “Natural Resources and Economic Development.” He has served as an economic consultant and technical advisor for many organizations, including the World Bank, FAO, USAID, UNDP, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In both 2007 and 2011, Prof. Lee was a co-recipient of the World Bank’s “Green Award”, awarded annually by the Environment Sector Board of the World Bank to recognize excellence in addressing environmental and sustainability concerns in the Bank’s country programs around the world.
- Woolf, D., Lehmann, J., & Lee, D. R. (2016). Optimal Bioenergy Power Generation for Climate Change Mitigation With or Without Carbon Sequestration. Nature communications. 7:13160.
- Lee, D. R., Edmeades, S., DeNys, E., McDonald, A., & Janssen, W. (2014). Developing Local Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in Agriculture: A Priority-Setting Approach with Application to Latin America. Global Environmental Change. 29:78-91.
- Berazneva, J., & Lee, D. R. (2013). Explaining the African Food Riots of 2007-2008: An Empirical Analysis. Food Policy. 39:28-39.
- Rao, N. S., Easton, Z., Lee, D. R., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2012). Economic Analysis of Best Management Practices to Reduce Watershed Phosphorus Losses. Journal of Environmental Quality. 41:855-864.
- Lewis, D., Bell, S., Fay, J., Bothi, K., Gatere, L., Kabila, M., Mukamba, M., Matokwani, E., Mushimbalume, M., Moraru, C. I., Lehmann, J., Lassoie, J., Wolfe, D. W., Lee, D. R., Buck, L. E., & Travis, A. (2011). Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) links biodiversity conservation with sustainable improvements in livelihoods and food production. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 108:13957-13962.
- Wollni, M., Lee, D. R., & Thies, J. E. (2010). Conservation Agriculture, Organic Marketing, and Collective Action in the Honduran Hillsides. Agricultural Economics. 41:373-384.
- Rao, N., Easton, Z., Schneiderman, E., Zion, M., Lee, D. R., & Steenhuis, T. (2009). Modeling watershed-scale effectiveness of agricultural best management practices to reduce phosphorus loading. Journal of Environmental Management. 90:1385-95.
- Verner, D., Lee, D. R., Ashwill, M., & Wilby, R. (2013). Increasing Resilience to Climate Change in the Agricultural Sector of the Middle East: The Cases of Jordan and Lebanon. The World Bank, Washington, DC.
- Lee, D. R., & Ndulo, M. B. (2011). The Food and Financial Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa: Origins, Impacts and Policy Implications. CABI Press, U.K.
- Lee, D. R., Edmeades, S., De Nys, E., McDonald, A., & Janssen , W. (2009). Building Response Strategies to Climate Change in Agricultural Systems in Latin America. p. 83 World Bank, Washington, DC.