Food Security Atlas of the World


Faculty Member: Sam Myers


Our group is building a global data set of food intake and nutritional content to estimate diets and nutritional adequacy.  Building off our initial efforts constructing the GENuS database (Smith et al. 2016, PLOS One), this task involves collecting data from a wide variety of sources and building them into a central framework.  With this powerful tool, we hope to explore how different global environmental stressors could affect the rates of nutritional deficiency and health in different countries in order to help improve preparedness and potentially avert future health crises.



RA duties:

We are recruiting a part-time research assistant to help collect, clean, and harmonize data to help to build the Atlas.   The assistant will also likely be involved in applying this dataset toward a research question of the impact of environmental stress on agricultural trade, nutritional adequacy, and health.



Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (excel), self-motivated, good communication skills. Must be a current Harvard College Undergraduate. Preferred experience in Matlab and experience with Stata or R is a plus.


Please email Matt Smith ( with your resume.

This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. If hired, students will participate in the IQSS URS program. Scholars must be current Harvard College undergraduates.