Sonia Akter is an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Previously she was Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute, where she led the Gender Research Team and was the coordinator for gender research of the Global Rice Science Partnership program of the CGIAR (2014-2015). Prior to that, she was Senior Researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany (2011-2013). She has worked on numerous policy-oriented research projects in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Canada. Her three key research interests are climate change mitigation and adaptation policy, agriculture and food security, and gender equity and women’s empowerment. She is presently Associate Editor for the journals Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies and Food Security . She graduated with a PhD in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University in 2010, and holds an MS degree in Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada.