Ash Community Speaker Series -- Environment, Agriculture, and Livelihoods: Challenges and Opportunities in the Lower Mekong Basin


Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

Join us for a lunch conversation with Malcolm McPherson, Economist and Senior Research Associate with the Vietnam Program at the Ash Center. McPherson's presentation is entitled Environment, Agriculture, and Livelihoods: Challenges and Opportunities in the Lower Mekong Basin. Ash Center Director Tony Saich will moderate. 

About the Speaker
Malcolm McPherson, who earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1980, is a senior research associate with the Vietnam Program at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. McPherson joined Harvard Kennedy School in 2000 after having worked for Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) for 18 years. His research interests include international development, monetary policy, and exchange rate management, macroeconomic reform, and the relationships between education and economic growth. For HIID, he served as resident advisor in The Gambia (1985-89) and Zambia (1992-96). He co-edited with Steven Radelet a book on economic recovery in The Gambia (Harvard University Press, 1995) and, with Catharine Hill, a volume on economic reform in Zambia (Harvard University Press 2004). As a member of the Belfer Center, Center for Business and Government, and now the Ash Center, McPherson’s research has dealt with public-private partnerships, capacity building in developing countries, post-conflict recovery, agricultural development, and poverty reduction. His most recent assignments include work in Georgia, Armenia, Liberia, Zambia, Timor Leste, Chile, Indonesia, and Myanmar.

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.