Julian Dyer joined the department of Economics at the University of Exeter as a Lecturer after completing a PhD in Economics at the University of Toronto. He is an empirical microeconomist, and he studies the economics of development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is especially interested in the relationship between institutions, culture and agricultural development. He pursues these research interests both by doing fieldwork and conducting field experiments, as well as using machine learning and analysis of large text datasets. In addition to his academic work, he has partnered with a number of non-academic development actors in applied consulting work.