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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics




The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) is a national leader in applied economics with cutting-edge programs in agricultural economics and agribusiness; environmental and natural resource economics; sustainability; international and development economics; and urban, regional and community economics. Turn your passion into problem-solving with one of our following degrees:


  1. Dr. Irwin talks "Doughnut Economics" at The Columbus Metropolitan Club

    May 14, 2024

    The Columbus Metropolitan Club recently hosted a community panel discussion focused on central Ohio’s growing circular economy. AEDE Professor Elena Irwin spoke on the panel, describing “doughnut economics” – providing for humanity’s needs within finite planetary boundaries and resources – with fellow panelists from Advanced Drainage Systems, Compost Clubhouse, and Rumpke Waste & Recycling.

  2. Policy Brief explains the overall success in Holmes and Mercer Counties reflected in their relative advantages from a vigorous small-business community, entrepreneurship, QoL, and social connectedness.

    Apr 10, 2024

    COLUMBUS OH, A policy brief just released by The C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy attempts to answer the question of why some rural communities thrive and others might lag behind by examining two rural-Ohio success stories: Holmes and Mercer Counties. Both Holmes and Mercer Counties have fared better than the average rural Ohio or rural U.S., even though both counties faced structural disadvantages.

  3. EPN Signature Earth Day Event - Monday, April 22, 2024: Eat This Earth Day! Ohio's Native Plants for Food

    Apr 4, 2024

    Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), in collaboration with the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens and native plant enthusiasts from across the state, proudly invites you to an EPN Signature Earth Day evening event on Monday, April 22, at The Fawcett Center at Ohio State. In recognition of National Native Plant Month, examine our place among Ohio’s native food web and explore the work of leading gardeners, educators, herbalists, foragers, amateurs, and other groups stewarding native plants for food.