Ian Luby
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Applied Economics


Ian Luby is currently a Research Analyst with InSTePP working on the Bill and Melinda Gates funded HarvestChoice project. He provides a wide range of research support with an emphasis on data management and bio-economic spatial modeling. Ian obtained his B.A. from Grinnell College where he double majored in Economics and Biology. Previously, he interned at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) where he worked, primarily, on the Third National Fadama Development Project in Nigeria. Ian has also completed spatial modeling work on native prairie species in Iowa, as well as ecological and genetic research on fungal plant pathogens in the Namib Desert. Ian’s research interests focus on how economic and biological systems can work together to help explain and solve environmental and agricultural problems facing our world.