Robin Marsh

Department and Institution: 
Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Robin Marsh joined ISSI in 2014 as a Senior Researcher. She is a socio-economist with over 25 years of experience in international agriculture and rural development.  Marsh received her PhD from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University.  She subsequently worked for the World Vegetable Center on socio-economic and nutritional benefits of home/community gardening, and for the Food and Agriculture Organization on local institution strengthening for food security and sustainable rural livelihoods.  Marsh joined UC Berkeley in 2000 as Academic Coordinator of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and Co-Director of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (2000-2013).  She has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources since 2003, teaching in the field of Population, Environment & Development, and is Affiliate Faculty with The Blum Center for Developing Economies. Robin Marsh is a founding leader of the The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) at UC Berkeley, a major partnership to provide high-achieving, economically disadvantaged youth from sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity for quality university education and leadership development.  Since 2013, Marsh is lead researcher on the multi-university study, "Career and Life Trajectories of African Alumni of International Universities".  The collaborative study will produce findings relevant for current MCF Scholars and for enhanced understanding of the diverse outcomes and impacts of an international education.  Marsh is currently the Academic Partner with the Global Fund for Women's Initiative: Rural Women Striding Forward, working with the sub-Saharan African team to develop robust research tools and disseminate findings to policy-makers.  She is also a fellow with the non-profit organization EcoAgriculture Partners, and associated global initiative, Landscapes for People, Food and Nature. She is co-author of the article, "Diversified Farming Systems: Impacts and Adaptive Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States, Norway and China." 


Joan R. Dassin; Robin Marsh; Matt Mawer
Book, 2017