Gund Affiliate, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

David Conner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont (UVM). David is the coordinator of the CDAE MS program and is affiliated with the UVM Food Systems Graduate program, serving on two committees. Prior to coming to Vermont, David was on the faculty of Michigan State University for six years.

David's professional interests span the economics of sustainable food systems from farm to fork, with particular interest in the role of food systems in community development. Research topics have included farm viability, farmer adoption of sustainable practices, consumer demand for locally and sustainably grown foods, food value chains, farm to institution, and economic contribution metrics. Recent research interests include agritourism and food resilience.

David has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles on sustainable agriculture, food systems and community development. David has expertise in applied economics and mixed methods research. David serves on the editorial board of three transdisciplinary food systems journals.  


  • Wang, Q., Valchuis, L. Thompson, E., Conner, D. and Parsons, R. (2019). Consumer Support and Willingness to Pay for Electricity from Solar, Wind, and Cow Manure in the United States: Evidence from a Survey in Vermont.. Energies 2019, 12(23), 4467;
  • Konefal, J., Hatanaka, M., Strube, J., Glenna, L. and Conner, D. (2019). Sustainability Assemblages: From Metrics Development to Metrics Implementation in United States Agriculture. Journal of Rural Studies.
  • Conner, D. , Falkner, A., Lantieri, N., McGavisk, B. and McShea, B. (2018). Stakeholder Perceptions of Campus Sustainability Efforts: Lessons from Vermont. Sustainability 10 (11), 3849;
  • Conner, D. S., Miller, J., Zia, A., Wang, Q., & Darby, H. (2016). Conjoint Analysis of Farmers’ Response to Conservation Incentives. Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 684;
  • Becot, F., Conner, D., Imrie, D. and Ettman, K. (2016). Assessing the Impacts of Local Hospital Food Procurement: Results from Vermont. Journal of Foodservice Management and Education 10 (1) 1-7.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Food Distribution Research Society
  • Agriculture Food and Human Values Society

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Sustainable agriculture, food systems, food resilience, community economic development


  • PhD, Agricultural Economics, Cornell University
  • Masters of Extension Education, University of Vermont
  • BS, Life Science, Penn State


  • 802-656-1965
Office Location:

205 H Morrill Hall