Principal themes of researchs :

  • Structure and dynamics of agro-industrial system. Analysis of the structural characters and the evolution of modern agro-industrial systems by means of different theoretical and analytical tools. Main topics :
    • filière (supply chain) analysis at national and local level, with special reference to Tuscany and wheat, tobacco, sugar beet, oilseed, fruit and vegetable, tomato and meat;
    • evolution of agro-industrial system at national and local level, of its components and of vertical relationships between different supply chain phases;
    • characteristics and trend in food consumption in Italy.
  • Organisation and co-ordination mechanisms between firms in agro-food system. Analysis of contracts and other vertical integration mechanism between agricultural and processing or distribution firms. In particular :
    • analysis of traditional forms of horizontal integration among farmers (co-operatives, producers' associations, interprofessional agreements);
    • new theories and vertical integration, with special reference to transaction cost theory and convention theory.
  • Quality and typical products in the agro-food system. Connected to the above mentioned themes of general evolution of agro-industrial systems and vertical coordination mechanism between firms, another main theme of interest is quality in agro-food system, with special attention on typical products. Four main topics have been explored :
    • the explanatory and analytical potential of some recent theoretical approaches (information theory, economic theory of convention);
    • the evolution of typical products marketing channels;
    • the role of firms territorial proximity and organisational structures in the construction of agro-food typicity;
    • the relationship between rural (endogenous) development and typical products.
  • The role of agriculture in growth and development and agricultural policy in developing countries.
    • theoretical aspects on the role assigned to agricultural sector within growth and development processes;
    • general characters of agriculture in developing countries, of food products international trade, of international development cooperation and aid;
    • characters, role and effects of public policies, with special emphasis on cereal policies in Sub-Saharan countries.

Curriculm vitae

  • 1986 : degree in Economics (University of Pisa, Italy), thesis on Agricultural cooperation in Lome Conventions- 1987-1991: marketing consultant
  • 1991: PhD in Agricultural Economics (Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento "S.Anna", Pisa, Italy), thesis on Cereal policies in Sub-Saharan countries
  • 1991-1998: technical assistant in Agricultural Economics (University of Florence, Department of Economics)
  • since 1998: Assistant Professor in Agricultural Economics (University of Florence, Department of Economics)