Teaching Staff

Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.

Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr. is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Dr. Nayga’s research interests include the economics of food consumption, policy, and health. He has focused his work on critical issues such as poverty, nutrition, obesity, and novel food technologies. Another strand of his research is on the application of stated and revealed preference elicitation methods to study how people would value novel food products, food programs, and policies.  Prior to rejoining Texas A&M University in 2021, Dr. Nayga was Distinguished Professor and Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics at the University of Arkansas. He also was a faculty member at Rutgers University and at Massey University, New Zealand. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, adjunct professor at Korea University and Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research, NBER research economist, and senior research fellow of the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study in Tokyo. He also was executive board member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast..

Andreas Drichoutis

Andreas Drichoutis is an Associate Professor of Consumer Behavior at Agricultural University of Athens. He earned a BSc (2002), an MBA (2004) and a PhD (2008) from Agricultural University of Athens. He is currently ranked at the Top 10% of economists globally and at the Top 4% of economists in Greece. Dr. Drichoutis is or had been working for several EU and national projects, as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as well as for projects funded by United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. He has published >50 peer reviewed papers in several scientific journals including The Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of the Economic Science Association, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Econometric Reviews, Journal of Economic Psychology, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics etc. His work has been cited at least 2,400 times in journals such as Science, Nature Human Behavior, Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Jayson L. Lusk

Jayson Lusk is Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University.  He earned a BS in Food Technology from Texas Tech and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State.  He held previous appointments at Mississippi State and Oklahoma State Universities and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. Lusk is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. He has been interviewed and published editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and has appeared on numerous network and national cable television shows.  Lusk has published more than 250 articles in peer reviewed journals, including several of the most cited papers in the agricultural economics profession.  He has authored five books, the latest being Unnaturally Delicious.  Lusk has received numerous awards including the Borlaug Communication Award from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology and the Lou Ann Aday award, Purdue University’s most prestigious research award in the humanities and social sciences. He has served on the executive committee of the USDA National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board and has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions.  He is a fellow and past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. 

Maurizio Canavari

Maurizio Canavari is a faculty at the University of Bologna since 1998, now Full Professor of Agricultural Economics and Appraisal in the Department of Agricultural  and Food Sciences. He earned a Doctoral degree in Appraisal and Land Economics from Padua University in 1997 and the Laurea degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bologna in 1990. He coordinated or participated to several EU and national projects. He has also served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

His research interests are focused on food quality and marketing issues and on food consumer attitudes, perceptions, preference and behaviour. His research has been funded by several EU and national projects. He has published about 100 peer reviewed papers in scholarly journals including Applied Economics, Agribusiness, British Food Journal, Journal of Food Products Marketing, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing.  He is Editor-in-chief of the journal Economia agro-alimentare/Food Economy.
He teaches a MSc course on research methods in the agri-food business and an undergraduate course on marketing research.

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