Areas of Interest:

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Agricultural and resource economics
  • Environmental impacts of agricultural production

Dr. Shellye Suttles is an agricultural economist with a focus on local and regional food systems, municipal food policy, agricultural energy production, and climate change's impact on agricultural land use. Her research applies macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis to a variety of sustainable food system topics. Her areas of interest include energy consumption and opportunities for energy production in the food system, urban agriculture's impact on public health, and socially disadvantaged farmers.


  • Social Health
  • Energy Policy
  • Sustainability & Sustainable Development
  • Policy Analysis


Political Science
PhD, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics, 2013
MS, Purdue University, Agricultural Economics, 2009
BS, University of Southern California, Environmental Studie, 2003
food processing agriculture agricultural collectives & cooperatives agricultural commodities agricultural finance agricultural conservation farm or ranch management precision farming agriculture or food studies - developing countries agribusiness urban farming food consumption food distribution food manufacturing & processing food and trade policy waste management (food processing) agricultural history agricultural economics energy economics agriculture education alternative energy sources energy environmental sciences
English, Spanish
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
Food Distribution Research Society
American Association of Geographers