Dr. Emma C. Stephens

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Research Scientist

Bio-economist at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. 

Current research and/or projects

  • Identifying gaps in agricultural systems analysis and food security outcomes
  • Quanitfying the value of beneficial insects in Prairie crops

Research and/or project statements

  • Estimating and characterizing economic factors in agro-ecosystems
  • Improved joint modeling of agricultural systems and food security
  • Supporting inclusion of economic forces into agro-ecosystem resilience research

Professional activities / interests

  • bio-economic modeling
  • econometric analysis
  • food security and food sovereignty
  • agricultural commodity market analysis

Education and awards

  • Ph.D. Economics, Cornell University, 2007
  • B.Sc. Physics, McGill University, 1996

International experience and/or work

  • Dissertation research in Kenya (2005-2007)
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Cameroon (1996-1999)

Key publications

  1. Snow, V, Stephens, E.C., Martin, G., van

    2020 - View publication details

  2. Nicholson, C.F., Kopainsky, B., Stephens, E.C., Parsons, D., Jones, A.D., Garrett, J. & Phillips, E.L. (2020). Conceptual frameworks linking agriculture and food security. Nature Food, Vol. 1 (September), pages 541-551. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-020-00142-3

    2020 - View publication details

Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1


  • Editor in chief, Agricultural Systems
  • Professor of Economics, Pitzer College (CA)