Norbert Lance Weston Wilson

  • Adjunct Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Norbert Wilson is a Professor of Food Policy in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.  His research centers on food choice, especially among individuals living with low incomes, and food waste. Norbert uses “nudges,” based on behavioral economics, to encourage selection of targeted (healthier) products at food pantries. Concerning food waste, Norbert uses experimental economics to explore how date labels influence future food waste. Additionally, he has worked on food safety and quality issues in international trade and domestic food systems. He loves good coffee and has published analysis of coffee quality and prices. Norbert has published in World Development, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Public Health, Food Policy, Agricultural Economics, among others.

Prior to the Friedman School, Norbert was a professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University (1999-2016). He was an economist/policy analyst in the Trade Directorate (2004-2006) and in the Agriculture Directorate (2001-2002) of the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) in Paris, France. In 2014-2015, Norbert was on sabbatical leave at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Norbert earned his doctorate in 1999 in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. He earned his MSc. in Agricultural Economics from Wye College, University of London, UK in 1994. He was a Rotary International Fellow while in the UK. In 1993, Norbert earned a BSA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia.


  • Ph.D., 1999, Agricultural and Resource Econoimcs, University of California, Davis
  • M.Sc., 1994, Agricultural Economics, Wye College, University of London
  • B.S.A., 1993, Agricultural Economics, University of Georgia
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