Regine Weber

Research countries
  • Afghanistan
  • India
  • Kenya
Research topic
Real Time Food Security Monitoring, Early Warning Systems for Food Crises, Innovative Data Sources for Food Security Monitoring, Information Economics
Research projects

Analysis and Implementation of Measures to Reduce Price Volatility in National and International Markets for Improved Food Security in Developing Countries

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Thesis Abstract:


Since the food price crisis in 2007/08, a lot of research has been dedicated to the development of early warning systems for food crises and shortages. However, until today there is no knowledge on how these systems detect different kinds of crises and how early warning indicators interlink. Furthermore, a promising new data source has been emerging in the realm of early warning: user generated information. With increasing internet adoption rates, also in developing nations, the internet as data source is constantly gaining importance. Close to real time, user-generated content is fast and spatially disaggregated and has therefore, presumably, the potential to be faster and to capture a different kind of information than “traditional” early warning indicators. This dissertation explores the link between user generated information, food crises monitoring and early warning in developing nations.


M.Sc. Food and Resource Economics;


B.A. Latin America Studies, Minor in Economics


Agricultural Economist

Funding institutions

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit (BMZ).

Thesis title

"New Indicators" for Food Security Monitoring in Developing Countries: Exploration, Validation and Implementation

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Joachim von Braun


Kozicka, Marta; Weber, Regine; Kalkuhl, Matthias. 2016. Public Distribution System vs. Market: Analysis of Wheat and Rice Consumption in India. Download [PDF | 651.35KB]
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Weber, Regine. 2015. The Welfare Impacts of Rising Food Prices: Evidence from India. Download [PDF | 632.20KB]
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Regine Weber

Junior Researcher