Ben Belton

Global Lead for Social and Economic Inclusion

Dr. Ben Belton appointed Global Lead for Social and Economic Inclusion is an interdisciplinary social scientist and leading researcher on the political economy and political ecology of aquatic food systems in South and Southeast Asia. He shares a joint appointment with Michigan State University as Associate Professor of International Development. His work focusses on the links between value chains and food systems, rural development and agrarian change, food and nutrition security, social well-being, and the environment.

A UK native, Belton is currently leading critical research on the impacts and responses of COVID-19 disruptions to aquatic food systems in Africa, Asia and globally and contributing to the work of the One CGIAR COVID-19 Hub.