Jennifer Coates, PhD is an Associate Professor of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Senior Researcher at the Tufts Feinstein International Center. Dr. Coates’s research focuses on the development of methods for improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of international nutrition and food security programs in both development and humanitarian emergency contexts. Methods-related initiatives include: developing indicators of affordable diets in Africa (IANDA, an IMMANA Grant), developing a standardized approach to malnutrition causal analysis and response assessment (ACF); improving methods for evaluating the micronutrient impact and functional health outcomes of national fortification programs (GAIN), assessing the validity of dietary diversity indicators in emergency-prone contexts (WFP), and developing and validating experiential food security measures. She also conducts research to understand the implementation and impact of integrated food security programs, including identifying promising models for sustainable exit from Title II-funded food aid programs (FANTA III), and examining the implementation challenges of integrating agriculture and nutrition programming (Ethiopia/ENGINE). Dr. Coates serves on the Technical Working Group to improve the measurement of food consumption in household consumption and expenditure surveys, through the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group On Agricultural And Rural Statistics; on the UN Expert Advisory Panel on Food and Nutrition Security Measurement; and the Editorial Board of the Global Food Security Journal. In addition to her research and policy engagement, Dr. Coates teaches a range of graduate courses at the Friedman School.
Dr. Beatrice Rogers is the Co-Principal Investigator of the INDDEX Project and is a Professor in the Friedman School. She served as Academic Dean of the School for 13 years, and is currently Director of the school's Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program. Dr. Rogers received her PhD from the Florence Heller School at Brandeis University, with concentrations in Economics and Public Health. Dr. Rogers has over 30 years of experience promoting evidence-based policy and programs related to food security, food consumption, and nutrition in the developing world. She has been responsible for the design and implementation of national household consumption surveys in several countries, and has conducted many smaller scale surveys of household economic and consumption behaviors. In addition to the INDDEX Project, Dr. Rogers is the co-PI of the USAID-funded Food Aid Quality Review (Burkina Faso, Malawi, Sierra Leone), which assesses the programmatic uses and nutritional quality of food aid commodities and PI of the Exit Strategies study (FANTA III), which examines models for sustainable exit from Title II-funded food aid programs in four countries (Bolivia, Honduras, Kenya, and India).