Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Honorary Research Fellow







7Coldharbour OfficeWye Campus





For the past ten years, Colin’s work has involved the application of new institutional economics to a range of issues related to agricultural markets and pro-poor economic growth in rural Africa. Specific interests include the organisation and performance of African cotton systems, the challenge of providing seasonal finance to agricultural households, the development of input markets in Africa, and the requirements for, and livelihood impacts of, sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture. Colin has worked in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He is a member of the DFID-funded Future Agricultures Consortium ( and was one of the organisers of the “Future of Small Farms” research workshop held at Wye in 2005 (



Poulton C, Kydd J, Wiggins S, et al., 2006, State intervention for food price stabilisation in Africa: Can it work?, Food Policy, Vol:31, ISSN:0306-9192, Pages:342-356

Rawlins BG, Kemp SJ, Hodgkinson EH, et al., 2006, Potential and pitfalls in establishing the provenance of earth-related samples in forensic investigations, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol:51, ISSN:0022-1198, Pages:832-845

Poulton C, Kydd J, Dorward A, 2006, Overcoming market constraints on pro-poor agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa, Development Policy Review, Vol:24, ISSN:0950-6764, Pages:243-277


Ndufa JK, Cadisch G, Poulton C, et al., 2007, Integrated soil fertility management and poverty traps in western Kenya, Biannual Meeting on Advances in Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa - Challenges and Opportunities, SPRINGER, Pages:1061-1075

Freude W, Maitra A, Wang J, et al., 2006, All-optical signal processing WITH nonlinear resonant devices, 8th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, IEEE, Pages:215-+

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