I am Dr. Soojung Ahn, specializing in regional fisheries economics with a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. My expertise lies in international trade and development economics, with a particular focus on policy analysis relevant to low-income, food-deficit, and landlocked nations.
Over the past three years, I have explored the effects of non-tariff barriers on agricultural trade, the influence of global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, and geopolitical conflicts, such as the Russia-Ukraine war, on global trade dynamics. My work has also extended to the positive impacts of data transparency and regional trade agreements on international commerce.
Currently, I am engrossed in development economics pertaining to fisheries, where I scrutinize the socioeconomic effects of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing on the South China Sea’s small-scale fishers. 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.