Professor Ledermann joined the Elliott School in Fall 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the International Development Studies program. He is an economic geographer with an extensive background in sustainable agricultural development in Africa.
He received his B.A. in International Studies, Geography, and Political Science from Macalester College, his M.A. in Geography from the University of Florida, and his Ph.D. in Geography from Rutgers University.
His Ph.D. research analyzed the impact of organic cotton production in Tanzania on sustainability, poverty and inequality. In 2012, he joined the Biovision Foundation based in Switzerland. As Program Officer, he managed a diverse portfolio of pilot projects in East Africa, with a focus on disseminating ecological innovations. In his role as Scientific Advisor, he supported global advocacy efforts at the UN and the FAO. From 2015 to 2017, he managed the scale-out across sub-Saharan Africa of an ecological farming system - Push-Pull - developed by the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).
He has also worked as a consultant on farm-level sustainability assessments, a country-level review of biotechnology and its potential impacts, and global analyses of agricultural technologies for development.
His most recent research focuses on the potential for private sector investment and holistic development approaches to contribute to the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural development.
He is regularly teaching Cornerstone and Development Policy and Practice, his flagship graduate course on Agriculture and Sustainable Development, and has advised students during their pro-bono consultancies with clients such as Caritas, IFAD, Plan International, and USAID.