Guest Authors

Guest Authors

Dr. Rim Lassoued

Rim has been working as a Professional Research Associate since October 2015. With her team led by Stuart J Smyth and Peter WB Phillips, she is been managing a multi-year survey project that investigates expert opinions on the application of new breeding technologies in the agri-food industry and their potential to ensure global food security.

Rim obtained a PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2014. Her doctoral thesis focused on how trust in the Canadian food system and in brands builds consumer confidence in food. She also holds a MSc degree in Business Economics and Management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece, and a Bachelor of Engineering from the National Institute of Agronomy of Tunisia.

If you would like to know more about Dr. Lassoued’s research related to this posting you can find them on the publications page of the multi-year project  Regulation of New Breeding Techniques webpage.

Dr. William Kerr

William A. Kerr is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He joined the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the U of S in 1999. His major area of research is international trade and international commercial policy. He has over 300 academic publication including 25 books. Recent titles include: Handbook on International Trade Policy (2007); A Guide to the Global Business Environment (2014) and Conflict, Chaos and Confusion – The Crisis in the International Trading System (2010). He is editor of the Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.

Dr. Graham Scoles

Dr. Graham Scoles grew up on a small farm in England. He received his undergraduate education in Plant Science at the University of Reading, UK.  While there he developed an interest in crop evolution and plant breeding.  He worked for a year at the Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, and while there was offered a graduate student position by a visiting scientist from the University of Manitoba.  He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in plant breeding from the University of Manitoba in 1979 and joined the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. His teaching and research have been in the area of crop cytogenetics and biotechnology as it applies to plant breeding.  He has served as President of the Genetics Society of Canada, Chair of the North American Agricultural Biotechnology Council and is the Co-Editor of Genome, a Canadian cytogenetics/genomics journal.

Dr. Simona Lubieniechi

Dr. Simona Lubieniechi is a Professional Research Associate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Her current research interests include behavioural economics, in particular prospect theory and its extension to framing effects, overconfidence, as well as climate change mitigation policies and the economics of biofuel policies. She completed her PhD studies in agricultural economics with a specialization on the economics of climate change mitigation.