Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences
Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health
Aleks is a lecturer in agribusiness and an affiliate of the Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health (VEEPH) group and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). He divides his time at the RVC between teaching and research.
Before joining the RVC, Aleks worked for the World Bank on the design of regulatory frameworks to manage zoonotic disease transmission and antimicrobial resistance. He has worked on several legal cases involving agri-food issues, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and antitrust proceedings, two class action lawsuits against a major biotech company, and an Australian civil case concerning international derivatives trading.
Aleks received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in August 2017. His dissertation analysed the effects of various treatment policies on disease transmission and antimicrobial resistance in the context of malaria and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He obtained a Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif) from the University of Kansas in 2011, where he specialized in International Trade and Finance law. Aleks is a member of the California Bar Association.
Aleks is interested in understanding the economic structures and incentives underpinning the agri-food system to inform policy design. He is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary solutions to complex problems and has experience working with epidemiologists, veterinarians and international and public health experts. His dual background as a lawyer and an agricultural economist allows him to employ a unique combination of legal and economic methods to analyze the widespread effects of policies surrounding agri-food markets.
Aleks teaches across all undergraduate and many graduate programmes at the RVC. He leads the Advanced Concepts in BioBusiness module, which is run jointly by the RVC and King's College London.