Alexandra Peralta

Dr Alexandra Peralta

Lecturer

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Alexandra is a Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics with The Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. She is a development economist with experience on impact evaluation, field experiments and farmer decision-making models. Her recent research focuses on the use of experimental methods to evaluate the impact of value chain development interventions in East Africa and the Pacific. She has conducted impact evaluation of rural development projects with multiple interventions in Nicaragua and Haiti. In Nicaragua she also conducted a field experiment to determine the effects on levels of trust of farmers who participated in a microfinance intervention. She also has research experience in East Africa, where she conducted research on farmers’ decisions on whether to grow trees or crops in the highlands of western Kenya. She has presented her work in the United States, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and New Zealand. Before joining CGFAR Alexandra was working as a Research Associate at the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. She was also consulting for the Inter-American Development Bank. She also has experience with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Agroforestry Center (ICRAF). Her current teaching at graduate level focuses on the role of agriculture in economic development, food policy, and agricultural issues in developing countries.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Lecturer in Agricultural and Food Economics University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Consultant Inter-American Development Bank
    2014 - 2014 Research Associate Michigan State University
    2007 - 2014 Research Assistant Michigan State University
    2005 - 2007 Assistant Coordinator International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award 2018 Heading North Travel Award Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Australia
    2016 Award Executive Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Research University of Adelaide Australia
    2009 Scholarship Charles Stewart Mott Doctoral Fellowships Michigan State University United States USD34,000
    2007 Scholarship Fulbright grant for graduate studies The Fulbright Commission United States
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Spanish; Castilian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2012 Michigan State University United States Graduate Specialisation in Ecological Food and Farming Systems
    2009 - 2014 Michigan State University United States PhD in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
    2007 - 2012 Michigan State University United States MSc Agricultural Economics
    1994 - 2002 Universidad del Valle Colombia Economist (five years degree with thesis)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Peralta, A., Swinton, S., & Jin, S. (2018). The secret to getting ahead is getting started: Early impacts of a rural development project. Sustainability (Switzerland), 10(8), 20 pages.
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    2017 Peralta, A., & Shupp, R. (2017). Trust, Trust Attitudes and Group Membership. Journal of International Development, 29(6), 681-699.
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    2016 Peralta, A., & Swinton, Scott M. (2016). Food vs. wood: dynamic choices for Kenyan smallholders. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 5(1), 97-108.
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    2009 Johnson, N., Garcia, J., Rubiano, J., Quintero, M., Estrada, R., Mwangi, E., . . . Granados, S. (2009). Water and poverty in two Colombian watersheds. Water Alternatives, 2(1), 34-52.
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    2006 Peralta, A., James Garcia., & Nancy Johnson. (2006). Dinámica y definición de pobreza en los Andes colombianos: enfoques participativos versus enfoques objetivos. Desarrollo y Sociedad, 58, 209-243.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Akzar, R., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2019). Adoption of multiple dairy farming technologies by Indonesian smallholder dairy farmers: A latent class analysis approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 63rd AARES Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
    2019 Peralta, A., & Shupp, R. (2019). Do Coffee Growers Trust their Trader? Experimental Evidence from Uganda. Poster session presented at the meeting of 63rd Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference. Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
    2019 Peralta, A. (2019). The role of male and female social networks on knowledge of recommended cocoa practices in Vanuatu. Poster session presented at the meeting of Seeds of Change Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
    2018 Genova, C., Umberger., Newman., Peralta., & Zeng. (2018). The impact of smallholder vegetable production on child nutrition in rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 Annual Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Conference. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA.
    2018 Akzar, R., Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Hetherington, J. (2018). Simultaneous Decisions of Indonesian Smallholder Dairy Farmers Adoption of Multiple on Farm-level Innovations. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 62th AARES Annual Conference. Adelaide Australia.
    2018 Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Christian, G. (2018). Spousal agreement and women participation in decision making in rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2018 Annual Meeting, August 5-7, 2018, Washington, D.C..
    2018 Peralta, A., Umberger, W., & Azkar, R. (2018). Spousal agreement, women participation in decisions, and technology adoption in Indonesia.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 AARES Conference.
    2018 Maligalig, R. L., Umberger, W., Demont, M., & Peralta, A. (2018). Farmer preferences for rice varietal trait improvements in Nueva Ecija, Philippines: A latent class cluster approach. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Triennial Conference. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    2018 Maligalig, R. L., Demont, M., Umberger, W., & Peralta, A. (2018). Using Experiments to Understand Gender Influence on Intrahousehold Decision Making for Investment in Rice Varietal Trait Improvements. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2018 International Rice Congress. Singapore.
    2017 Genova, C., Umberger, W., Newman, S., & Peralta, A. (2017). Linking smallholder vegetable production to children’s diets: evidence from rural Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Presentation at the 2017 AARES Annual Conference. Brisbane, Qld..
    2017 Maligalig, R. L., Demont, M., Umberger, W. J., & Peralta, A. (2017). Intrahousehold decision making on rice varietal trait improvements: Using experiments to estimate gender influence. Poster session presented at the meeting of 2017 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    2017 Genova, C., Umberger., Newman., & Peralta. (2017). To Market, to market: Does smallholder vegetable production lead to increased children's dietary diversity and improved diet quality? Empirical evidence from Northwest Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of 62nd Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois.
    2016 Peralta, A., & Swinton, S. (2016). Peralta, A. and Swinton, S. (2016). Neighbour Effects on Adoption of Conservation Agriculture in Nicaragua.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 60th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Canberra.
    2016 Genova, C., Umberger, W., Newman, S., & Peralta, A. (2016). Food choices of the Môngs in the northwest uplands of Vietnam. Poster session presented at the meeting of Presentation at the XXIII Agri-food Research Network (AFRN) conference. Adelaide. SA..
    2015 Arraiz, I., Calero, C., Jin, S., & Peralta, A. (2015). Planting the seeds: The impact of training on mando producers in Haiti. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists Conference.
    2015 Peralta, A., Jin, S., Arraiz, I., & Calero, C. (2015). Short-term Impact Evaluation of a Value Chain Development Project in Haiti. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics (AARES) Conference. Roturua, New Zealand.
    2014 Peralta, A., & Shupp, Robert. (2014). Trust, trust attitudes and group participation in rural development activities. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    2013 Peralta, A., & Swinton, Scott M. (2013). Impact Assessment with Opt-in Treatments: Evidence from a rural development project in Nicaragua. Poster session presented at the meeting of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meetings. Washington, D.C. United States of America.
    2012 Peralta, A., Swinton, Scott M., & Maredia, Mywish. (2012). Accounting for selection bias in impact analysis of a rural development program: An application using propensity score matching.. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association of Agricultural Economists. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2015 Arraiz, Irani., Calero, Carla., Jin, Songqing., & Peralta, A. (2015). Planting the Seeds: The Impact of Training on Mango Producers in Haiti. Inter-American Development Bank.
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor The Pattern and Rate of Adoption for Commodity Choices and Land Use in Upland Catchment Area in Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sara Ratna Qanti
    2017 Co-Supervisor Adoption of Multiple Fam-Level Innovations and its Implications for Dairy Smallholder Farmers' Competitiveness:Evidence from West Java Province, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rida Akzar
    2016 Co-Supervisor Transforming to Integrating Farming; Improving Food and Livelihood Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Hira Ahmed
    2015 Co-Supervisor Fruit and Vegetable Affordability in India, and Its Implication on Attainment of Food Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christian ll Genova
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Eliciting Farmer Preferences for Rice Varietal Trait Improvements Using an Experimental Methodology Based on Investment Games Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rio Lawas Maligalig
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83131783
  • Email: alexandra.peralta@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 6
  • Room: 6 23
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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