Dr. Kelvin M. Shikuku


Dr. Kelvin Mashisia Shikuku is a Scaling Scientist with WorldFish based in Penang, Malaysia. Prior to joining WorldFish, Dr. Shikuku worked with the International Potato Center (CIP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as a research associate. He was also a part-time lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Kenya teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in development economics and macroeconomics. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and an MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests are primarily in the fields of agricultural economics and development economics, with a focus on agricultural and rural development. Dr. Shikuku is interested in research about approaches for scaling aquaculture and agricultural innovations; technology diffusion within social networks; seed systems; climate change including estimating resilience of rural livelihoods to covariate and idiosyncratic shocks; nutrition-sensitive agriculture/aquaculture; food safety including developing countries’ willingness to pay for food quality and safety; evaluating adoption and causal impacts of agricultural/aquaculture technologies and practices; and the role of research and policy in promoting sustainable food systems. He enjoys using randomized control trials (RCTs), framed experiments, games, and quasi-experimental approaches to not only understand economic phenomena and human behavior but more importantly influence evidence-based policymaking. Dr. Shikuku has authored and co-authored several publications and book chapters. His career goal is to, ‘influence developing countries’ agricultural and aquaculture transformation for improved human welfare through rigorous research’.