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About Madhu Khanna

Dr. Madhu Khanna is the ACES Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental policy analysis and incentives for adoption of environmentally friendly technologies. She has examined the effectiveness of alternative market based instruments for inducing the adoption of best management practices in agriculture such as precision farming and improved irrigation methods and the targeting of green payment policies for reducing nitrogen run off and sediment from cropland. She also analyzes the motivations and effectiveness of voluntary approaches to environmental protection in developed and developing countries. Her current work is examining the economics, land use and environmental implications of biofuel production and she has co-edited the Handbook of Bioenergy Economics and Policy.
Her research has been funded by NSF, USDOE, USDA, USEPA and the Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley. She has received several teaching and research awards and was supervisor of the recipient of an Outstanding Thesis Award in 2002 from the American Association of Agricultural Economics. She was selected as a University of Illinois Scholar, a Leopold Leadership Fellow of the Woods Institute at Stanford University and received the Paul A. Funk recognition from the College of ACES. She serves on the Science Advisory Board of the USEPA and is currently the editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. She has served on review panels for the USEPA and the USDA and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She currently serves on the Board of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economics. Links to her publications can be found at


Present Faculty Member, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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