Dr. James Hansen

Dr. James Hansen holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida, and an M.S. in Agronomy and Soil Science and B.S. in General Tropical Agriculture from the University of Hawaii. He has worked on managing climate-related risk for agriculture and food security since 1996 – first at the University of Florida where he was part of the Southeast Climate Consortium, then since 1999 in his present position as a Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI).

His current research emphasizes:

  • the economics of risk and advance information in agriculture;
  • design and communication of climate information for smallholder farmers;
  • and modelling interactions between climate and agriculture.

Hansen’s research contributions include valuation of climate information, farm economic risk and sustainability analysis, land use under conflicting goals, spatial scaling in agroecosystem modelling, stochastic weather modelling, climate-informed crop forecasting, tropical soil fertility, and multiple cropping systems ecologies.