Natalie Kopytko, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Natalie is a postdoctoral research associate with the International Development and Intellectual Property project. She is investigating how the seed exchange/seed saving culture of small-scale Indian farmers encourages farmer innovation and agrobiodiversity conservation, and the impact of the Indian government’s seed replacement policy on this culture. Natalie is based at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, but also partly based at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, and supported by the Art of Living in Bangalore during data collection.  

Natalie has a PhD in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York. The subject of her thesis was climate-resilience in Ukrainian agriculture. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College (Master of Environmental Studies) and Simon Fraser University (BSc Biology and Environmental Toxicology).