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Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Her research focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes and on the role of governance and institutions in agricultural development, with a focus on smallholder farming. Regina Birner is a member of the Advisory Council on Agricultural Policy of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and a member of the Advisory Council on Bioeconomy. She has been consulting with international organizations, including the World Bank, FAO and IFAD.


  • 2010–present
    Professor, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2004–2010
    Governance Program Leader, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)