Cole, Steven

Senior Scientist, Gender Specialist

Nationality: American
Station: Tanzania (Dar es Salaam)

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Steven Cole, a US Citizen, is the new Senior Scientist (Gender Specialist) for IITA, based in the Eastern Africa Hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He obtained his PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2012.  He also holds a MSc degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics and a BSc in Health and Nutrition.  Steven employs a mixed methodology in his research and strives to work collaboratively with biophysical scientists to ensure that agriculture research for development has greater impact. He led the social science research for WorldFish in Zambia over the past 6 years, integrating gender and other social science perspectives in aquaculture, small-scale fisheries, value chains and nutrition research.  He led a number of research projects more recently focused on piloting pro-poor, gender and youth-inclusive approaches in aquaculture value chains in Zambia, Sierra Leone, and together with IITA colleagues in DRC.

His email address is and he looks forward to working with everyone at IITA and helping grow and strengthen the gender integrated and strategic research for development portfolio in the coming years.