Maria Cecilia Mancini is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Parma, Italy, where she teaches courses on the economics of agri-food chains and the economics of biotechnology.
Her teaching and research assignments from foreign universities and research institutions include the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development; the Joint Research Centre; the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies; and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Her research activity focuses on the socio-economic impacts of voluntary and mandatory quality schemes on the agri-food supply chain; rural development both in developed and less developed countries; the economic impact of large retailing strategies on the agri-food chain; and consumer acceptance of novel foods and new technologies.
Maria Cecilia participates in EU funded research projects (5, 6, 7 Framework Programmes and Horizon 2020), which are focused on quality certification schemes for agri-food products, in particular origin based products, and their impact on rural development; and the economics of animal welfare.
She has presented several scientific contributions by invitation of the FAO at the “Expert Meeting on the development/strengthening of small producers livestock value chain, and value addition to livestock products”; the European Union-Animal Health and Welfare Directorate at the second workshop on pig welfare "Improving Implementation of EU legislation"; the Research Group SYAL (Systèmes Agroalimentaires Localisés) in the Intensive Module “Territorial Anchorage in Agrifood Systems”, the University of Florence; and the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA.
Maria Cecilia has been a member of the local organizing committee of the 15th EAAE Triennial Congress "Towards Sustainable Agri-food Systems: Balancing Between Markets and Society" (2017) and of the scientific and local organizing committees of the 145th EAAE International Seminar “Intellectual Property Rights for Geographical Indications: what is at stake in the TTIP?” (2015).
She is responsible for the evaluation system for the journal Sviluppo Locale and is a member of the scientific board of the journal Progress in Nutrition. She is also a member of the Welfare Quality Network, a research group of former partners of the Welfare Quality project; ERG-SYAL; and EAAE.