Rob Kuijpers is a development economist with more than ten years’ experience (since 2011) in policy and program evaluation, impact assessment, applied research, and policy advice in the realm of agricultural development, value chain innovations, and food and nutrition security.
Since he joined KIT Royal Tropical Institute in 2019 he has broadened his expertise by working on topics such as international responsible conduct, integrated landscape approaches, and nature conservation.
In his research and advisory activities he aims to contribute to evidence-based policies by bridging the gap between rigorous scientific insights and pragmatic decision making. This requires translating complex research evidence into actionable insights for decision makers. To generate new evidence, he applies both qualitative research methods (such as contribution analyses) and quantitative methods (such as quasi-experimental designs).
He has worked in/on Africa (Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South-Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia), Latin America (Brazil), and the Caribbean. He has done research on a wide range of value chains and commodities, including aquaculture, dairy, cocoa, cereals (rice, wheat, barley, maize), palm oil, poultry, horticulture, soy, beans, and plantains (matooke).