Nicoleta Uzea

Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics

Agribusiness Specialization Coordinator

T: 514-398-7732  | nicoleta.uzea [at] (Email)  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS3-043 


PhD. in Agricultural Economics, University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
MSc in Business Economics and Management, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece)
BSc in Agri-Food Economics, Academy of Economic Studies (Romania)

Short Bio

Nicoleta Uzea received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010. Prior to joining McGill in 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Agri-Food Centre at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario. Her scholarly interests have been motivated by the need to understand key issues facing businesses in the agri-food system, such as risk management, innovation, sustainability, co-operation and coordination. Her PhD thesis received the 2011 William Applebaum Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation from the Food Distribution Research Society (United States). Results from her research have been published both in peer-reviewed journals and books, and in related outlets for industry stakeholders, and have been disseminated to industry, government and academic audiences through presentations and media. Nicoleta served on the Canadian Co-operative Association’s Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Study on the Impact of Co-operatives in 2013-2014.

Awards and Recognitions

William Applebaum Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Food Distribution and Marketing, Food Distribution Research Society (United States), 2011
Alexander Fraser Laidlaw Fellowship in Co-operation Scholarship, Canadian Co-operative Association, 2008

Active Affiliations

Canadian Agricultural Economics Association
Scientific Advisory Committee - National Study on the Impact of Co-operatives, Canadian Co-operative Association, 2013-2014

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, Prof. Uzea is interested in understanding the economic and non-economic (behavioural) incentives and mechanisms underlying business decision-making and strategic interactions among firms in the agri-food system. Since these business decisions and strategic interactions happen in an environment shaped by government, the impact of agri-food policy is also examined. Nicoleta’s research is organized around four separate, but interconnected, streams: 1) Risk management in agriculture; 2) Investment and innovation in food manufacturing; 3) Economics and management of co-operatives/strategic alliances; and 4) Sustainability of the food value chain. Examples of these four themes include: risk balancing behaviour on Canadian farms and the impact of government business risk management programs on the likelihood of increased debt use; key drivers of firm-level innovation in Canadian food manufacturing; economic and identity strategies to overcome opportunism and coordination failure in federated co-operative systems; mapping the food waste problem in the Canadian food system and strategic next steps to address the food waste challenge.

Current Research

  • Interlinkages between producer participation in the core Canadian business risk management programs (Crop Insurance, AgriStability and AgriInvest) and the factors that influence participation decisions.
  • Key drivers of and barriers to Canadian food processing firms’ decisions to invest in R&D, and advanced technologies and business practices.
  • Economic and behavioural factors that influence management and governance decisions within Desjardins Group – the largest integrated co-operative financial group in Canada. 


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