Fiona Coleman
Fiona Coleman
Graduate Student
Division of Nutritional Sciences


Fiona is a PhD Candidate in International Nutrition advised by Dr. John Hoddinott. Her research seeks to inform programs and policies that address food insecurity and malnutrition through poverty alleviation. Specifically, she conducts impact evaluations of nutrition-sensitive programs, including social safety net initiatives and agriculture programs in rural Bangladesh. Using advanced epidemiological and econometric methods, she examines how these programs affect individual health and nutrition and the household-level mechanisms that drive these effects, with a specific focus on intrahousehold food allocation. Fiona is also actively involved in designing a randomized controlled trial aimed at assessing innovations within school feeding programs. She co-led the formative work for this project, which involved developing implementation strategies tailored to the southeast of Madagascar.  Prior to her doctoral studies at Cornell, Fiona served as a food security specialist for Peace Corps Zambia.

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