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Neal Hooker

Professor

Dr. Neal Hooker is a professor of food policy in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University. His research explores public policy, marketing and management issues within global food supply chains. He is particularly interested in how food safety, nutrition and sustainability attributes are communicated, controlled and (where appropriate) certified. These issues require special attention when considering public health and international trade impacts of different types and sizes of firms and farms and the responses of customers, consumers and stakeholders. He received a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Essex University (UK). Hooker has also worked at Saint Joseph’s University as the CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing, and as a visiting professor at the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University, at Colorado State University and at Texas A&M University. He has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on the economics and marketing of food quality, product recalls, international food trade, and the demand for and supply of sustainable and functional food and drink.

Hooker is the editor of Journal of Food Products Marketing, co-edited a book “Interdisciplinary Food Safety Research” (with Elsa Murano) and special issues of journals on Private Sector Management of Food Safety and Emerging Issues in Food Safety. He served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee, which prepared a report, “Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food.” He has reviewed for many government agencies, grant programs and academic journals. He serves on the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Program Committee and has been an investigator on grants and contracts totaling more than $4.5 million.

Current research and consulting projects include; assessments of consumer reaction to information on product labels and advertisements, particularly for product and process information (fair trade, organic, natural and sustainability); differences between private label and national brand strategies (nutrition claims); approaches to describing novel/emerging information, (qualified health claims, vitamin D) and the nutritional quality of innovative food and beverage products (UK and USA). A native of England, Hooker has performed research, consulting and industry training in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Thailand, Mexico and South Korea. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, enjoying food as he goes!

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
COVID-19
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
COVID-19
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
Economics
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
COVID-19
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.