Madhu Khanna

  • Dr. Madhu Khanna is a professor 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 has also examined the motivations and effectiveness of voluntary approaches to environmental protection. Her current work is examining the economics and land use implications of biofuel production. Her research is funded by NSF, USDOE 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 for 2004-07 and a Leopold Leadership Fellow of the Woods Institute at Stanford University in 2010. 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 is currently a member of the Science Advisory Board of the US EPA and on the Board of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economics. She has served on the editorial boards of several agricultural and environmental economics journals and is currently the editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.