QUIETI, Maria Grazia (Program Director)

Dr. Quieti came to AUR after 26 years of professional experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She worked with governments, academic/research institutions and civic organizations on education programs and technical assistance on sustainable food and agricultural development policies and programs. Her career spanned the globe, managing projects in Asia, the Near East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She was responsible for the participation of more than 800 civil society organizations at FAO’s World Food Summit in Rome in 1996 and, as Senior Policy Officer, the training of country delegates for negotiations on agriculture with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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BAJOCCO, Sofia

is a researcher at CREA-AA (Italian Research Council for Agriculture and Economics – Research Center on Agriculture and Environment). She is a BSc in Natural sciences and PhD in Vegetation science with large interest in computational landscape ecology. Her main research topics focus on the understanding of environmental processes at landscape scale, with a major interest on ecosystem dynamics, vegetation phenology, fire ecology, land cover changes. She is expert of multivariate statistical methods, geoprocessing techniques, geographic information systems and remotely sensed data analysis. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and taken part in many scientific national and international conferences. She is currently Editor of several high impact scientific journals.
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BRANCA, Giacomo

Giacomo Branca is currently Associate Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Policy at Tuscia University (Viterbo, Italy) and Adjunct Professor of Food Policy at the American University of Rome. He also teaches Rural Development at the International Institute for International Studies (ISPI, Milan) within the MA Program in Development studies.
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COCCO, Emilio

Professor Cocco is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Communication Science, University of Teramo (since 2005). He is also Adjunct Professor in Political Communication and Media Research at The American University of Rome (AUR). In 2013-2014 he worked as extraordinary professor at the department of sociology of the University of Zadar.
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CONSOLANDI, Arianna

Dr. Consolandi has extensive research experience. She carried out research for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Milan in collaboration with Roma Tre University. For her research, she focused on the study of molecular mechanisms of self-resistance in antibiotic-producing microorganisms and new methods for selecting overproducer strains to support clinical trials.
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COTTINO, Gaia

Gaia Cottino, PhD in Cultural Anthropology is currently Adjunct Professor at the American University of Rome, Teaching Assistant at the Università di Roma La Sapienza and Alsos Post-Doc Grant Fellow at the Universita' di Napoli L'Orientale. In the past ten years, she has carried out long fieldwork activities mainly in Oceania, in Hawaii and Tonga, focusing on food, health and body issues, with a specific attention to global and local health and nutrition policies.
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FERRARA, Carlotta

Dr Ferrara is currently a researcher at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, for statistical modeling and analysis in different fields of applied physics to forest ecosystems and the environment. She holds a national scientific qualification for the position corresponding to Associate Professor (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale - Fascia II) in the field of forestry. Her teaching experience also includes Mathematics and Physics at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia. Dr. Ferrara is a subject editor for the iForest journal, as well as a MC Substitute to COST Action CA17109 - Understanding and modeling compound climate and weather events.
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FONTE, Maria

Maria Caterina Fonte has extensive experience in teaching on topics in the field of Rural Sociology and Agricultural Economics. Her research activities are focused on agriculture, agro-food systems and rural development, especially in industrial and post-industrial economies. Her publications concern the agro-biotechnological revolution, the turn to quality in agriculture, the role of local knowledge in agriculture and rural development, territorial policies of rural development, models of food consumption, civic food networks and local food.
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MAETZ, Materne

Materne Maetz is an agricultural economist who has worked more than 35 years in the area of food and agriculture worldwide. He is currently a Senior Advisor/Consultant after a long career as Senior Policy Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO) and as an Agricultural Economist with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a French producer organisation. 
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ORTOLANI, Livia

Since 2003, Dr Ortolani has been employed at the Italian Association for Organic Farming (AIAB), where she first focused on Agriculture and Conservation interaction, before moving in 2009 to coordination of the AIAB Research Office and being directly involved in EU funded Research projects on multiple issues (e.g. agrobiodiversity, agroecology, weed management, organic wine production, organic arable crops, urban farming).
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PEVERI, Valentina

Since 2004 Valentina Peveri has carried out fieldwork in Southern Ethiopia on the robust constitution of an indigenous plant and of the (women) farmers who cultivate it. Her goal as an anthropologist has been to explore the links between agriculture, natural resources, crop/livelihood choices, and food security; and especially to provide evidence of the role of gender in these relationships. In 2017, Prof. Peveri was awarded one of eight prestigious fellowships by the Wenner Gren Foundation for her research project entitled The Edible Gardens of Ethiopia. An Ethnographic Journey into Landscapes of Diversity and Hunger.
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PIERINI, Emily

Emily Pierini is a social anthropologist with extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience in Brazil and Europe. She obtained her Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol with a thesis on mediumistic experience in the Brazilian Spiritualist Christian Order Vale do Amanhecer (Valley of the Dawn), where she conducted extensive ethnographic research investigating the process of learning mediumship, embodiment, personhood, emotion and senses, spirituality and health. 
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POLLON, David

Professor Pollon has been teaching courses in finance, economics and the entertainment industry at AUR since 2003. He also teaches graduate seminars for the MBA program of the Institut Superieur de Gestion in Paris, France. Prior to entering the academic world, Professor Pollon made his career in the international financial arena working for The Walt Disney Company. After serving as Finance Director at the company's headquarters in Los Angeles, he became Finance Director in the UK and then Italy, where he was in charge of all cinema, video, and DVD financial operations. 
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SAGE, Colin

Colin Sage has worked on the interconnections of food, agriculture and environment throughout his academic career. After a sojourn in the Himalayas, he undertook his PhD on changes in highland agriculture in Bolivia (University of Durham 1990), which included a side project on the cocaine economy. Long interested in the issues around food and livelihood security, Colin has conducted research in Mexico and Indonesia and undertaken contracts to evaluate projects in Ethiopia, Pakistan and Central America. More recently he has worked with artisan producers in Ireland documenting the development of alternative food networks as well as working with urban community food initiatives. From there it was a natural step to help form the Cork Food Policy Council which he chairs. Colin is the author of the acclaimed text, Environment and Food (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Food Transgressions: Making sense of contemporary food politics (Ashgate 2014).
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TERMINE, Paola

Paola Termine is an experienced economist with keen interest and expertise in promoting decent work and rural development as a pathway out of poverty. Dr. Termine joined AUR after 17 years of professional experience at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and at the International Labour Organization (ILO), where she held different positions at headquarters and regional offices managing rural development programs and providing technical policy advice to governments on issues of sustainable agriculture, decent work, migration, value chains and agro-enterprise development.
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WILLIAMS, Megan

Megan Williams is an award-winning foreign correspondent, radio documentary producer and writer. For more than 15 years, she has reported extensively on Italy and the Vatican, covering everything from the plight of migrants and mafia to the Venice Biennale and food and culture. She has also reported throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, most recently covering terror attacks for CBC and other outlets. Megan’s reports have won numerous top international awards, including Gold and Silver at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2015 and a United Nations award for her documentary on women and public space. Megan has an Honours BA from McGill University and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship. She is author of the story collection Saving Rome.
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