Agricultural Economics Grads Win Second Place at Case Study Competition

From left, Francesca Allievi, Marei Houpert, Rina Vuciterna, Giordano Ruggeri, and Domenico Dentoni following the competition.
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From left, Francesca Allievi, Marei Houpert, Rina Vuciterna, Giordano Ruggeri, and Domenico Dentoni following the competition.

Marei Houpert, graduate of the Atlantis program and a current Public Policy doctoral student; Rina Vuciterna, graduate of the master's program in agricultural economics; and Giordano Ruggeri, spring 2017 visiting doctoral scholar, participated in the European Association of Agricultural Economists Congress Student Case Study Competition. Their response to the case study titled "The Thrive of Community Supported Agriculture Networks: Changing Global Systems or Enjoying Islands of Happiness?" earned them second place in the event.

The case study competition, the first of its kind held at the EAAE Congress meeting in Parma, Italy, challenges students, researchers, and teachers to create and cultivate concrete solutions to issues that threaten the food-people-planet relationship. Participants receive a short case study related to a challenging sustainability topic in food and agriculture and must present an analysis that addresses how to remedy issues that are at the center of current public debates.

Houpert cites the close, personal relationship with her teammates for the group's success. "We all have different backgrounds, but we all share a passion for agricultural economics. On top of that, we had great support from Dr. Luckstead," she stated. Regarding the novel experience EAAE Student Case Study Competition, Houpert added, "It was a lot of fun to apply knowledge in a competitive setting, rather than regular assignments."

In addition to Houpert, Vuciterna, and Ruggeri's performance in the case study competition, Jeff Luckstead and Stephen Devadoss presented to the EAAE Congress their paper titled "Implications of CETA for Canadian, EU, and U.S. Processed Food Markets."

The next EAAE Congress meeting will be held in 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic.


Ryan P. Ruiz, communications manager
Agricultural Economics and Agri business


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