Full Name
Will Martin
Job Title
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute
Speaker Bio

Will Martin is a senior research fellow in IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, where his main interests are agricultural trade policy, productivity growth, poverty reduction, prioritization of development interventions, and environmental impacts of agricultural support.

Prior to joining IFPRI in 2015, Martin spent nearly 25 years at the World Bank, where he headed the Research Team on Agriculture and Rural Development for six years. His research at the Bank included edited volumes on the implications of the Uruguay Round for developing countries; the implications of China’s accession to the WTO; and the potential implications of the Doha Development Agenda. His analysis of the food price shock of 2007-8 was influential in highlighting the impacts of this crisis for the poor and shaping the World Bank’s policy response to this crisis. According to Google Scholar, his research has been cited over 14,000 times.

Martin is the immediate past president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, having served as president of the Association between 2015 and 2018. He organized the highly successful International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Milan, Italy, in August 2015.

He worked from 1975 to 1988 as researcher and senior manager at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics in Canberra, Australia. From 1988 to 1990 he was a senior research fellow at the National Centre for Development Studies of the Australian National University, where he taught graduate classes and undertook research on development and trade issues.

He trained in economics and agricultural economics at the University of Queensland, the Australian National University, and Iowa State University.

Will Martin