Madhu Khanna

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Madhu Khanna is the ACES Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois and Associate Director for Research at Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment. Khanna is the leader of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation's (CABBI) sustainability research area, which is providing the environmental and economic perspective for developing efficient bioenergy crops. Her research examines the motivations for producers to adopt innovative production technologies to meet demands for food and fuel, such as precision farming, biofuels, and to participate in conservation programs. Khanna's work informs stakeholders and policy makers about the cost-effectiveness of various policy approaches to improve environmental quality and their implications for farm profitability, land use and food and fuel production. Khanna has years of experience as an environmental economist studying what it takes to get farmers to adopt clean technologies that can benefit them and the environment. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.