Shaheer Burney, PhD

Postdoctural Researcher, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UConn/Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy (Affiliate)

Research Overview

I have two main areas of interest: food policy and food marketing. My research in food policy focuses primarily on SNAP (the Food Stamp Program) and determines the impacts of participation in the program on household food consumption, nutrition, and health. Current projects in this area include analyzing the impact of the Medicaid expansion on household SNAP participation and diet quality and the impact of electronic nudges on the nutrition quality of food purchases made by low-income households (especially SNAP participants). In the area of food marketing, my research lies in local food systems and leveraging marketing and communications to improve local food purchases of low-income households. Current projects include a broad study that measures willingness to pay of low-income individuals for local foods and discrete attributes of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. In addition, I am working on measuring habit formation to dietary fat by modeling household purchases of ground meat and fluid milk in an integrated demand system.


B.A., 2010, Economics and Mathematics, Hanover College, Hanover, IN.
M.S., 2015, Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Ph.D., 2017, Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Featured Publication

Burney, S. 2018. In-Kind Benefits and Household Behavior: The Impact of SNAP on Food-Away-From-Home Consumption. Food Policy, 75: 134-146.

Contact Information
Mailing Address1376 Storrs Road
WB Young 305
Storrs, CT 06269