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Ruth Meinzen-Dick

Ruth Meinzen-Dick

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

International Food Policy Research Institute
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Washington, DC 20006


  • Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute


Ruth Meinzen-Dick joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 1989. She is Coordinator of the CGIAR program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRi). Her research deals with water resource management, land, forests, property rights, collective action, and the impact of agricultural research on poverty. She leads IFPRI’s Gender Task Force and co-leads work on strengthening women’s assets. Much of her research has been in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

A citizen of the United States, Meinzen-Dick was raised in India. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in development sociology from Cornell University and her B.A. in anthropology from Washington University.


  • PhD, Development Sociology, Cornell University, 1989
  • MS, Development Sociology, Cornell University, 1983
  • BA (magna cum laude), Anthropology, Washington University, 1981

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Journal Articles


Meinzen-Dick, R., M. A. Janssen, S. Kandikuppa, R. Chaturvedi, K. Rao and S. Theis. 2018. Playing games to save water: Collective action games for groundwater management in Andhra Pradesh, India. World Development 107(Jul):40-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.02.006. (link )

Working Papers


Shelton, R., M. A. Janssen and R. Meinzen-Dick. 2018. Measuring learning from interventions through participatory processes. #CBIE-2018-004.