Laurian Unnevehr is a Senior Research Fellow in the Markets and Trade Division, leading research on enhancing nutrition and food safety in value chains. During a thirty year career as an agricultural economist, Laurian has held positions at the USDA’s Economic Research Service, the faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois (where she is now a Professor Emerita), and the International Rice Research Institute. Laurian is recognized for original contributions in measuring the consumer benefits from agricultural research, the changing structure of U.S. food demand, and the economic trade-offs in food health regulation. In 2009, she was made a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Laurian received her Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University and her B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Davis.
- Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Fellow, 2009
- AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award, 2004
- Paul A. Funk Award, College of ACES, University of Illinois, 2000
- AAEA Quality of Communication Award, 1993