Alison B. Joglekar is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota and Research Associate in the CFANS Interdisciplinary Initiative. She received a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Management from Montana State University; a M.S. in Applied Economics from Montana State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. Joglekar's research focuses on the spatially-explicit characterization of farming and its implications on agricultural productivity throughout the developing and developed world. Her work as a Research Associate for the GEMS Agroinformatics Initiative involves developing analytical pipelines to enable the interoperability of the “S” (socio-economic) data with the “GEM” (genomic, environmental and management) data within the GEMS platform. Her complimentary role as an InSTePP Fellow involves creating, enhancing and maintaining spatial bio-economic models and datasets and undertaking research to inform practical and policy decisions of governments, food and agribusiness interests, and others.