Agricultural and food economics

The division focuses on economic studies applied to the agricultural and food sector. The main research activities relate to markets, marketing and consumption of agri-food products; firm and supply chain organization and management; production factors and natural resource economics, rural and environmental appraisal; agricultural, rural and food policy, regional economic systems and publicly provided goods; agricultural, environmental and food law.

Keywords: agricultural policy, bio-economy, consumers, environment, fisheries, food waste, industrial organisation, innovation, labour in agriculture, management, marketing, quality, supply chain, sustainability, water resources.

Main research fields

  • Agricultural and food markets and marketing

Studies on economic aspects of agricultural and animal production, industrial processing and distribution, price analysis and competitiveness, at both national and international level. Agri-food products marketing, consumer behavior, communication and pricing strategies. Valorization of product and process attributes. Development of new products.

  • Firm and supply chain organization and management

Studies on agricultural accounting methods; firm economic and financial performance analysis, in both food and no-food contexts. Value creation and distribution in agri-food supply-chains. Economic evaluation of investment choices, of technological and organizational innovations. Product life cycle analysis; prevention and reduction of agri-food losses and waste.

  • Production factors and natural resource economics, rural and environmental appraisal

Studies on the management and markets of production factors, financial and fiscal aspects. Sustainable production chains management. Fisheries and aquaculture economics, bio-economic modelling of fish stocks and synergies between maritime and coastal activities. Environmental, socio-economic and territorial sustainability analysis.

  • Agricultural and food policy, regional economic systems and publicly provided goods

Evaluation of policies related to local, European and international agri-food systems (rural development, Common Agricultural Policy, food safety); Analysis of regional agro-food systems (Mediterranean Basin, Balkans and Central-Eastern Europe) and their socio-economic integration. Policies for public goods (ecosystem services, biodiversity, veterinary and public health).

  • Agricultural, environmental and food law

Studies on international, EU and national regulation of the agricultural, agro-environmental and food sectors. Study of the legal relations between business and property in the management of residual agricultural areas, with particular reference to the agrarian contract.

People

Maurizio Aragrande

Associate Professor

keywords: Agrofood system, Agro-food policies, Economic evaluation of policies, One Health evaluation, Animal Halth Economics,
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Caetano Luiz Beber

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

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Aldo Bertazzoli

Full Professor

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Riccardo Borgia

Research fellow

keywords: Agricultural and Food Policies, Health Promotion Policies, Sustainable Innovation in Agri-food Value Chains
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Luca Camanzi

Full Professor

keywords: agri-food products markets and marketing, agriculture-industry relations, mediterranean agri-food products, supply
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Massimo Canali

Assistant professor

keywords: Sustainability of agro-food systems, Animal health economics, One Health economics, Antimicrobial resistance,
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Maurizio Canavari

Full Professor

keywords: QUALITY CERTIFICATION, Consumer behaviour, Strategic marketing, VALUE-ENHANCEMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD QUALITY
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Alessandra Castellini

Associate Professor

keywords: marketing of agrifood products, fisheries and aquaculture economical surveys, market and trade of agricultural
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Edoardo Desiderio

PhD Student

Teaching tutor

keywords: Circular economy, Agricultural and food systems sustainability, Rural politics

Luca Falasconi

Associate Professor

keywords: Food safety, Development, food loss and waste, Food Security, Food chain
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Nunzia Gabriella Fasolino

PhD Student

Research fellow

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Rino Ghelfi

Associate Professor

keywords: Value chain, Farm management, Labour economics, CAP evaluation, Land market, Rural Appraisal
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Claudia Giordano

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Food waste, Urban Food policies, Food system governance, Sustainable food system, Citizen science methods in food
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Francesca Gori

PhD Student

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Marco Maria Grande

Research fellow

keywords: Bioeconomy, Public engagement, Bioeconomy education, Communication and awareness-raising in the European Bioeconomy
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Yaprak Kurtsal

Research fellow

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Alban Lika

Research fellow

keywords: Economic Analysis Applied Economics Economic Modeling Mathematical Programming Agricultural Economics Water Policy
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Giulio Malorgio

Full Professor

keywords: Agribusiness, Supply chain management in fruit and vegetable, wine and fishery sectors, Agrifood Mediterranean system,
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Valentino Marini Govigli

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Forest Economics, Ecosystem Services Evaluation, Socio-Ecological Systems, Forest Policy, Behavioural Economics,
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Matteo Masotti

Research fellow

keywords: food waste, consumer behavior, migration and rural areas, new media, sentiment analysis, text mining
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Marco Medici

Adjunct professor

Research fellow

keywords: Technology adoption, Cost-benefit analysis, Knowledge engineering, Data traceability, Life-cycle analysis
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Luca Mulazzani

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

keywords: Fisheries economics, Ecosystem services
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Zeeshan Mustafa

PhD Student

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Piero Augusto Nasuelli

Associate Professor

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Anna Niero

PhD Student

Research fellow

Giuseppe Palladino

Assistant professor

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Emilia Pellegrini

Research fellow

keywords: Rural development policies, Water governance, Public participation, Evidence based policy-making

Emiliano Porri

Assistant professor

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Zhuang Qian

PhD Student

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Alessandro Ragazzoni

Associate Professor

keywords: RURAL DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL VALUATION, FISHERY AND AQUACULTURE, FARM INCOME, RURAL POLICY
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Nidhi Raina

PhD Student

Research fellow

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Antonella Samoggia

Associate Professor

keywords: food chain, food and agricultural policy, governance, rural development, healthy food, food system
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Andrea Segrè

Full Professor

keywords: Food waste, Food Security, Food Loss, Food Policy, food surplus
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Marco Setti

Associate Professor

keywords: behavioral economics, environmental economics, food economics, economic policy, sustainable development
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Roberta Spadoni

Associate Professor

keywords: economics of agricultural and food markets, Certification systems, Product Quality issues, Agri-food marketing,
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Stefano Targetti

Research fellow

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Davide Viaggi

Full Professor

keywords: Bioeconomy, Common Agricultural policy (CAP), Agri-environmental policy, Water and irrigation, Investment and
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Giuliano Vitali

Assistant professor

keywords: sustainability, hydrology, theoretical ecology
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Matteo Vittuari

Associate Professor

keywords: Rural policy, Food waste and losses in the food chain, Bioenergy, Agricultural, food and rural policy evaluation,
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Vilma Xhakollari

Adjunct professor

Research fellow

keywords: consumer behaviour, functional food, gluten free, health claims, willingness to pay
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Cesare Zanasi

Associate Professor

keywords: Sustainability, Supply chain management, Environment, Food Business Management, International Development Cooperation,
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Matteo Zavalloni

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)