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Caroline Saunders

Caroline Saunders awarding a medal to Ketih Petrie.


Caroline Saunders’s research includes looking at issues such as food miles, where her widely-cited paper debunked the idea that New Zealand dairy products have a greater environmental impact in the UK market than those from Britain. Saunders is a Professor of Trade and Environmental Economics at Lincoln University and Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit. She has published extensively on New Zealand economic issues, was named economist of the year in 2007, and has undertaken research for a wide range of private and public organisations including the EU commission, MFAT, Treasury and Fonterra. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 and was a Royal Society Te Apārangi Councillor from 2015-2018.

This profile is part of the series 150 Women in 150 Words that celebrates women’s contributions to expanding knowledge in New Zealand, running as part of our 150th Anniversary.