• Full name
    Ulrike Nischan

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    La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
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  • Current Position
    Current Position:
    Research Analyst
  • Organization
    International Food Policy Research Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division

  • Bio

    To help specialists in Nigeria better advise the Ministry of Agriculture about food security, Ulrike Nischan applied what she learned at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

    Nischan spent 2013 and part of 2014 in Nigeria as country program coordinator for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Nigeria Strategy Support Program. “The NSSP enhances policymaking capacity in Nigeria in food security and agriculture by building local analytic capacity, increasing knowledge of Nigerian agriculture through original research, and providing high quality economic analysis of policy questions for the Ministry of Agriculture and relevant stakeholders in the food security policy community,” the 2010 La Follette School alum says.

    Based in Abuja, Nischan oversaw the operations of the IFPRI Nigeria office, supervised operational staff, indirectly supervised researchers, assisted with fund-raising, managed a $1.8 million budget, led communications and outreach efforts, organized a seminar series, and coordinated and sometimes led the internal and external research capacity building efforts.

    Nischan started at IFPRI in 2012 as a senior research assistant, based in Washington, D.C. “I collaborated on applied research projects, evaluating data for randomized control trials in Ethiopia and Ghana,” she says. “Routine responsibilities included cleaning and analyzing survey data, summarizing survey results, and data visualization in charts and tables.”

    Nischan left Nigeria in 2014 to become a research analyst in IFPRI’s Development Strategy and Governance Division. In all her positions she uses what she learned at the La Follette School.

    “The quantitative skills courses at La Follette really opened my eyes to a way of looking at the world that I largely missed in my undergraduate studies,” says Nischan, who graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 in political science and philosophy. “The courses served as a good introduction to quantitative analysis and policy research methods.”

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