Led by Dr. Kathy Baylis, Professor at the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our work focuses on a range of subjects that impact societies across the world.  

We focus on Applied Economic Research in the fields of International Development, Agriculture, Trade, Climate Change & Environment. Our work involves exploring policy impacts on Food Security and Conservation, among others.

Dr. Baylis earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, and joined ACE after several years as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. Kathy has worked in agricultural policy in both Canada and the United States. In 2001/02, she was the staff economist in charge of agriculture and forestry for the Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and in the mid-1990s, she worked as Executive Secretary with the National Farmers Union in Canada. She has helped bring in over $28 million in grants and has successfully advised and graduated over 20 graduate students. She has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters on agriculture, forestry, trade and environmental policy. She has also coauthored a textbook on Canadian and U.S. agricultural policy. Read more about her work here and here.

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