Soojung Ahn.

Regional Fisheries Economist / Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics International Trade Development Economics Fishery Economics


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 energy and 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.

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

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

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

COVID-19 Trade Actions in Agricultural Sector

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