Soojung Ahn.

Applied Economist / Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics International Trade Development Economics   Energy Economics Fishery Economics


I am Dr. Soojung Ahn, specializing in international trade and development, with a Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. My expertise lies in international trade and development economics, particularly focusing on policy analysis relevant to low-income, food-deficit, and landlocked nations.

Over the past four years, I have explored the effects of non-tariff barriers on agricultural trade, and the influence of global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, and geopolitical conflicts such as the Russia-Ukraine war on global trade dynamics. Additionally, my work has extended to examining the positive impacts of data transparency and regional trade agreements on international commerce.

Currently, I am engrossed in development economics, with a focus on energy and fisheries. In the realm of energy economics, I am concentrating on bioenergy trade, which present opportunities for agricultural developing countries. For fisheries, I scrutinize the socioeconomic effects of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing on small-scale fishers in the South China Sea. My dissertation, “Food Security and Livelihoods in the Face of Crisis: Examining the Impacts of COVID-19 and Distant Water Fleet Operations,” embodies my commitment to understanding and addressing the challenges in our global food systems.

Research Interests


University of Connecticut    


Michigan State University

Yonsei University

Recent work

Impact of Russia-Ukraine War on Grain and Oilseed Trade

Russia-Ukraine War-led Supply Disruptions in Staple Food Markets

Russia-Ukraine War (Energy Trade)

Impact of COVID-19 Trade Measures on Agricultural and Food Trade

COVID-19 Trade Actions in Agricultural Sector

Assessing the Trade Response to Pandemic-Related Non-Tariff Measures

Agri-food Trade Resilience among Food-Deficit Countries during the pandemic

Bioenergy Trade (Developing Countries)

Economic Analysis of Illicit, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing in the South China Sea