AKTER, Sonia |

AKTER, Sonia

Sonia Akter

Assistant Dean (Research) and Assistant Professor

PhD (Environmental Management and Development)

Sonia Akter
Contact Details
DID: +65 6601 3972
Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing B, Level 3, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Sonia Akter is Assistant Dean (Research) and Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Previously she was Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) where she led the Gender Research Team and was the coordinator for gender research of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) program of the CGIAR (2014-2015). Prior to that, she was Senior Researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (2011-2013). She graduated with a PhD in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University in 2010, and holds a MS degree in Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada. She has worked on numerous policy-oriented research projects in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Canada. Her three key research interests are climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, agriculture and food security, gender equity and women empowerment. She has published extensively on the design of institutions to encourage resilience and economic approaches to address socio-economic vulnerability to climate change. She has considerable experience working with communities, with particular focus on the developing world, including her native homeland of Bangladesh. She has (co)authored over 20 publications, including journal articles, books and book chapters. She is presently an Editor for the journal Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies and Associate Editor for Food Security. She has served in numerous advisory roles and expert panels including as Advisor of IRRI Gender Research Program (2015-2016) and a member of the impact assessment panel of the Seeds of Life program of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) (2015-2016).

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Sonia Akter - CV

Research Areas

  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Environmental policy and economics
  • Food security
  • Gender equity
  • Non-market valuation
  • Women empowerment



  1. Akter, S., Bennett, J. (2012) Valuing Climate Change Mitigation: Applying Stated Preferences in the Presence of Uncertainty, Edward Elgar.

Selected Journal Publications

  1. Akter, S., Rutsaert, P., Luis, J.S., Htwe, N.M., San, S.S., Raharjo, B., (2017) ‘Women’s empowerment and gender equity in agriculture: A different perspective from Southeast Asia’ Food Policy
  2. Akter, S., Krupnik, T., Khanam, F., (2017). ‘Climate change skepticism and index versus standard crop insurance demand in coastal Bangladesh’ Regional Environmental Change
  3. Nikolakis, W., Akter, S. and Nelson, H., (2016) ‘The effect of communication on individual preferences for common property resources: A case study of two Canadian First Nations’ Land Use Policy.
  4. Akter, S., Krupnik, T., Rossi, F., Khanam, F. (2016). ‘The influence of gender and product design on farmers’ preferences for weather-indexed crop insurance’, Global Environmental Change, 38: 217–229.
  5. Akter, S., Kompas, T., Ward, M. B. (2015) ‘Application of portfolio theory to asset-based biosecurity decision analysis’, Ecological Economics, 117: 73-85.
  6. Akter, S., Basher, S. (2014). ‘The impacts of food price and income shocks on household food security and economic well-being: Evidence from rural Bangladesh, Global Environmental Change, 25: 150–162.
  7. Akter, S., Grafton, R. Q., Merritt, W. (2014). ‘Integrated hydro-ecological and economic modeling of environmental flows: Macquarie Marshes, Australia’, Agricultural Water Management.
  8. Akter, S., Mallick, B. (2013). ‘The poverty-vulnerability-resilience nexus: Evidence from Bangladesh’, Ecological Economics, 96: 114–124.
  9. Akter, S., Bennett, J. and Ward, M. (2012) ‘Climate change scepticism and public support for mitigation: evidence from an Australian choice experiment’, Global Environmental Change, 22(3): 736–745.
  10. Akter, S. (2012) ‘The role of microinsurance as a safety net against environmental risks in Bangladesh’, Journal of Environment and Development, 21(2): 263–280.
  11. Akter, S. and Bennett, J. (2011) ‘Household perceptions of climate change and preferences for mitigation action: the case of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in Australia’, Climatic Change, 109(3-4): 417–436.
  12. Akter, S., Brouwer, R., Beukering, van P., Silver, E., Frech, L., Choudhury, S. and Aziz, S. (2011) ‘Exploring the feasibility of private micro flood-insurance provision in Bangladesh’, Disasters, 35(2): 287–307.
  13. Akter, S. and Grafton, R. Q. (2010). ‘Confronting uncertainty and missing values in species conservation investment with environmental value transfer,’ Conservation Biology, 24(5): 1407–1417.
  14. Akter, S., Bennett, J. and Akhter, S. (2008) ‘Preference uncertainty in contingent valuation’ Ecological Economics, 67(3): 345–351.
  15. Brouwer, R., Akter, S., Brander, L. and Haque, E., (2007) ‘Socio-economic vulnerability and adaptation to environmental risk: A case study of climate change and flooding in Bangladesh.’ Risk Analysis, 27(2): 313–326. 

Book Chapter

  1. Mathew, L. M. and Akter, S. (2015) Loss and damage associated with climate change impacts, in: W.-Y. Chen, J. Seiner, T. Suzuki and M. Lackner (Eds.), Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (1st edn.), Springer, New York.



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