Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Kelly Jones is a Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Jones’ research focuses on evaluating social and economic interventions aimed at improving welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her upcoming work focuses on the role of gender dynamics in intra-household allocation of resources and productive activities. In particular, she will be exploring women’s contributions to and empowerment within small-scale commercial agriculture. Her current work focuses on the role of personal savings for improving risk coping behaviors among vulnerable women. Past work has included analyses of women’s risk coping strategies in the face of financial shocks, and the implications for women’s sexual and reproductive health and child health of various economic policies and phenomena. She is currently conducting field experiments in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. Jones earned a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and prior to that, a Masters of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).