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Dr. Renata Serra
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Renata Serra

Renata Serra (PhD Economics, Cambridge University, UK) is a Lecturer at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. An economist by training, she has 15 years experience of research, teaching and consultancy on issues of African development. Her main areas of expertise are: household economics and gender issues, child fostering and child work, social capital and rural informal institutions, and the political economy of agriculture; country: Mali.
Since 2008, she has been leading a project on cotton sector reforms for the research consortium, Africa Power and Politics (see This study analyzes and compares reform processes and modalities in four African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Mali.

Teaching - Fall 2011

  • African Experience
  • Development Theory and Practice (Core course for the Master in Development Theory and Practice)


Current research projects include:
  • Cotton sector reforms: a comparative study of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Mali
  • Child fostering, child work, and hazardous labor in West Africa
  • Gender, farm and off-farm activities in Africa: the role of risk and time poverty
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