- Areas of Interest:
- Sustainable food systems ,
- Agricultural and resource economics ,
- Environmental impacts of agricultural production
- Ph.D., Purdue University, 2013
- M.S., Purdue University, 2009
- B.S., University of Southern California, 2003
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.
Suttles joined the O’Neill School as an assistant professor in 2020. She also serves as an assistant research scientist with Sustainable Food System Science at IU. Previously, she served as the food policy and program coordinator for the City of Indianapolis’s Office of Public Health and Safety and as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
Suttles earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in agricultural economics from Purdue University.
- Abraham Lincoln Honor Award for “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems,” USDA (2016)
- Quality of Communication Award – Honorable Mention for “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems,” Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (2016)
- Helios Award for “Highlights and Implications of the Agricultural Act of 2014 for Local and Regional Food Systems,” Economic Research Search, USDA (2015)
- “The Time for Macroeconomics in Municipal Food Policy,”Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, (March 28, 2019)
- “Engaging Diverse Community Stakeholders to Co-create Solutions in Food Deserts: A Design-thinking Approach,” (with S. Fernhaber, T. Wada, P. Napier), Journal of Public Affairs (December 2018)
- “Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land,” (with R. Sands, S. Malcolm, E. Marshall), USDA Economic Research Service, Economic Research Report 223 (ERR-223). 66 pp (January 2017)
- “Climate Economics, Bioenergy, and Land Use in a General Equilibrium Framework,” (with R.D. Sands), WSPC Reference of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy: Volume 4 – Computable General Equilibrium Models (Ed. A. Dinar), Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company (2017)
- “Trends in U.S. Agriculture’s Consumption and Production of Energy: Renewable Power, Shale Energy, and Cellulosic Biomass,” (with C. Hitaj), USDA Economic Research Service, Economic Information Bulletin 159 (EIB-159) 53 pp (August 2016)
- “Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems,” (with S.A. Low, A. Adalja, E. Beaulieu, N. Key, S. Martinez, A. Melton, A. Perez, K. Ralston, H. Stewart, S. Vogel, B.B.R. Jablonski), USDA Economic Research Service, Administrative Publication 68 (AP-068) 89 pp (January 2015)
- “Economic Effects of Bioenergy Policy in the United States and Europe: A General Equilibrium Approach Focusing on Forest Biomass,” (with W.E. Tyner, G. Shively, R.D. Sands, B. Sohngen), Renewable Energy, 69 428-436 (2014)
- “Agricultural Energy Use and the Proposed Clean Power Plan,” USDA Economic Research Service, Amber Waves (September 8, 2014)
- “Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues,” (with S. Martinez, M. Hand, M. Da Pra, S. Pollack, K. Ralston, T. Smith, S. Vogel, S. Clark, L. Lohr, S. Low, C. Newman), USDA Economic Research Service, Economic Research Report 97, 87 pp (May 2010)