After graduating in Veterinary Medicine in my home country at the University of Pisa, Italy, I decided to pursue a career in sustainable rural development. I have worked in developing countries and I am a keen traveler, valuing cultural knowledge in various rural settings.
My main interests are the impact of livestock farming in terms of carbon footprint and the social barriers to the development of sustainable rural livelihoods. In fact, my involvement in community action in Latin America and the United Kingdom highlights the importance of facilitating knowledge exchange.
What I am up to at the moment
I am currently completing a PhD in Climate Change and Agriculture under Coventry University, based at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, England. The study focuses on translational research and aims at networking with farmers across the South West and West Midlands.
In fact, the research topic is the socio-environmental impacts of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies on livestock farms. The work includes organising and analysing large quantities of technical data, engaging with a selected group of farmers, creating a monitoring & evaluation system to assess greenhouse gases mitigation strategies at the farm level and providing recommendations on possible improvements, as well as analysing farmers’ feedback on barriers facing the implementation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies. During this time I have also given presentations at various conferences and at research institutions across Europe.