Becca Jablonski is the research and evaluation lead for the Center. She is the co-Director of the Food Systems Institute at Colorado State University, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Her research investigates the roles of cities in leveraging food policies to achieve progress towards sustainable development (e.g., food and nutrition security, farm and ranch viability, regional economic development, and environmental sustainability), highlighting tradeoffs of different policy approaches and interventions. Importantly, she pays particular attention to the geographic dimensions of impacts. To do this, she undertakes disciplinary research, large scale quantitative modeling projects, and leads engaged community processes. She also works at local, regional, national, and international scales. As part of her position she co-leads CSU’s Food Systems Extension team. Dr. Jablonski holds a MS from the University of London and a PhD from Cornell University.
Her work has been published in top journals including Food Policy, BioScience, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, among others. She has been the PI on more than $7.5M in externally funded projects, and co-PI on more than $36M. She has won several research and engagement awards, including the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program award: less than 10 years of Experience from the Applied Agricultural Economics Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Honor Award (formerly the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.