2005 Apex Winner
Kurt K. Klein
Dr. Kurt Klein graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and has held a research or academic appointment at the University of Lethbridge in Canada with visiting professorships in Japan and Germany since receiving his degree.
Kurt is recognized and respected for his wide-ranging contributions to the field of agricultural economics over nearly three decades. But it is really not accurate to define his field to be conventional agricultural economics, the field in which he earned his university degrees. Certainly he has had, and always will have, a profound interest in the economics of agricultural production including the valuation of new technologies, public research, and innovation in the agricultural sector. His interests have taken Professor Klein into agricultural policy analysis, the study of the effects of trade liberalization and harmonization on Canadian agri-food industries, and the analysis of transportation policy for prairie agriculture. His work on agricultural production has led naturally into an important stream of research on environmental economics and natural resource management. He has written on Eastern Canadian cod stocks, agro-forestry in India , and irrigation and water management in the Prairies.
The breadth of his work includes systems modeling, the economics of research, agricultural policy, international development and trade, and environmental issues. He was recently chosen to lead new highly visible and well-funded initiatives at the University of Lethbridge , including the BIOCAP Research Network on the Economics of Bioproducts, as well as the social science program within the Alberta Ingenuity Advanced Water Centre. His intellectual leadership is already attracting impressive colleagues to these centers. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work including being named a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, awarded the Ingrid Speaker Medal for Distinguished Research, Scholarship or Performance, and named Board of Governor's Research chair.
His scholarship has a direct impact on agricultural policy-making in Canada . He has been sought out continuously by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the provincial ministries to lead projects on policy analysis.
Dr. Kurt Klein is an internationally recognized scholar, policy analyst and researcher who has leveraged his Purdue degree and his personal talents and ambitions to make outstanding contributions in research, teaching and service. He exemplifies the Purdue commitment to excellence and engagement.