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Professor Maria Cecilia Mancini


University of Parma

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.