The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, was recently ranked first out of 39 agricultural economics departments in the country in scholarly research activity, according to Academic Analytics, a leader in higher education data analytics. The 2020 Academic Analytics rankings are based on scholarly research activity aggregated in a database that includes more than 225,000 faculty members, associated with more than 9,900 Ph.D. programs and 11,000 departments at 447 research universities across the country. The scholarly research index is a composite index that considers several measures of research activity including journal articles, research awards and honors, academic citations and federal grants.
Of the specific research metrics, AEDE ranks:
- Second in articles per faculty member
- First in citations per faculty member
- First in citations per journal article
“Generating new knowledge is the first step in addressing emerging challenges to Ohioans and beyond,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean. “AEDE's faculty has established itself at the forefront of new research in agricultural and environmental issues while remaining committed to the teaching and translation of that research to fulfill Ohio State's land grant mission.”
AEDE is home to the most diverse faculty of agricultural economics in the country and has been able to achieve these scholarly successes through its mission to create meaningful impact through excellence in the generation and exchange of knowledge in agricultural, environmental, development, regional and related fields in applied economics. This is achieved through innovative and creative research, inclusive classroom experiences, mutual respect for competing ideas, constructive engagement with diverse audiences and disciplines and a continual commitment to valuing, encouraging and rewarding diversity of thought, skills, activity and outcomes.
“The AEDE faculty are outstanding,” said Tim Haab, chair of AEDE. “Not only are faculty members experts in their fields, they are unerring in their commitment to use that expertise in fulfilling the department's vision – to promote an inclusive, equitable, prosperous and sustainable society through the generation, teaching and application of knowledge in applied economics.