Douglas Southgate specializes in the study of environmental problems in developing countries. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and has been a faculty member in the Agricultural Economics Department of Ohio State University (USA) since 1980.
He has written numerous chapters and journal articles on public policies contributing to tropical deforestation, the economics of watershed management and related topics. Dr. Southgate is the author of four books, including The World Food Economy (Blackwell, 2007). Southgate has worked in 14 Latin American countries as well as Tanzania. He has also consulted for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Ford Foundation in 13 Latin American and Caribbean nations.