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Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies

Dr. Mehrabi builds data products and services using a mix of public and private sector data, and combines this with cutting edge statistics and data science to solve problems in development for a better and fairer planet.. He has experience in academia and as a consultant in the private and non-profit sectors in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and N. America. Dr. Mehrabi has also worked with organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CGIAR, United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, and The World Bank. He holds a BA in Biological Sciences and a PhD from the University of Oxford. 


  • PhD, University of Oxford
  • BA in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford

Recent Publications

  • Ricciardi, V.; Mehrabi, Z.; Wittman, H.; James, D.; Ramankutty, N. Higher Yields and More Biodiversity on Smaller Farms. Nat Sustain 2021, 4 (7), 651–657. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00699-2.
  • Mehrabi, Z.; McDowell, M. J.; Ricciardi, V.; Levers, C.; Martinez, J. D.; Mehrabi, N.; Wittman, H.; Ramankutty, N.; Jarvis, A. The Global Divide in Data-Driven Farming. Nat Sustain 2021, 4 (2), 154–160. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-00631-0.
  • Mehrabi, Z.; Gill, M.; Wijk, M. van; Herrero, M.; Ramankutty, N. Livestock Policy for Sustainable Development. Nat Food 2020, 1 (3), 160–165. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-020-0042-9.
  • Ricciardi, V.; Wane, A.; Sidhu, B. S.; Godde, C.; Solomon, D.; McCullough, E.; Diekmann, F.; Porciello, J.; Jain, M.; Randall, N.; Mehrabi, Z. A Scoping Review of Research Funding for Small-Scale Farmers in Water Scarce Regions. Nat Sustain 2020, 3 (10), 836–844. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-00623-0.
  • Mehrabi, Z.; Ramankutty, N. Synchronized Failure of Global Crop Production. Nat Ecol Evol 2019, 3 (5), 780–786. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0862-x.
  • Ricciardi, V.; Ramankutty, N.; Mehrabi, Z.; Jarvis, L.; Chookolingo, B. How Much of the World’s Food Do Smallholders Produce? Global Food Security 2018, 17, 64–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2018.05.002.
  • Mehrabi, Z.; Ellis, E. C.; Ramankutty, N. The Challenge of Feeding the World While Conserving Half the Planet. Nat Sustain 2018, 1 (8), 409–412. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0119-8.
  • Mehrabi, Z.; Lashermes, P. Protecting the Origins of Coffee to Safeguard Its Future. Nature Plants 2017, 3 (1), 16209. https://doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2016.209.