Dr. Alexandra Peralta, joined the Centre for Global Food and Resources in July 2014. She is a development economist with experience on impact evaluation, field experiments and farmer decision-making models. Her primary research focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions to link smallholders farmers to high value markets, the use of experimental methods to analyse value chain actors relations, and innovative methods to understand adoption and diffusion of innovations. She currently has research projects in Vanuatu, Uganda, Indonesia, and Vietnam. She has used non-experimental methods to evaluate the impact of rural development projects promoting multiple interventions in Nicaragua and Haiti. She also has research experience in East Africa, where she conducted research on farmers’ decisions on whether to grow trees or crops in the highlands of western Kenya. Before joining the Centre, Alexandra was working as a Research Associate at the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She was also consulting for the Inter-American Development Bank. She has experience with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). She teaches agricultural and food policy, and globalisation and emerging economies, her courses are characterised by the use of interactive class activities to help students understand economic concepts. Alexandra is originally from Colombia.