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Dr Marcello De Maria

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Areas of interest

My eclectic and multidisciplinary research sits at the interface between science, policy, and decision-making, looking at practical solutions to some of the major socio-economic and environmental challenges of our time. I am interested in:

  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Sustainable trade and trade policy
  • Development and institutional economics
  • Fair and sustainable land governance
  • Sustainable commodity supply chains
  • Information, digital solutions, and open research

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to explore potential PhD visiting and supervisory opportunities. I am currently co-supervising two PhD students in our School:

  • Jurgen, working on ‘The Drivers of International Trade of Palm Oil from Indonesia
  • Mila, working on ‘Deforestation, Health and Indigenous People


Teaching Assistant for APME76/77 – Natural Resource and Environmental Economics.

Research projects


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the School of Agriculture, Policy, and Development – University of Reading. In 2019, I defended my PhD thesis titled ‘Essays on the Economics of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions’ and joined the UKRI GCRF Trade Hub Project. I worked for over a decade as a researcher, freelance data analyst and advisor for a variety of NGOs, research institutes, national and international organisations.

Selected publications

De Maria, M., Zanello, G., Nakagawa, L., Sigles Robert, J., Visentin, J., Pavani, B., Branco, P. D., Fendrich, A., Giaroli de Oliveira, A., Rocha Junior, A. B. and Lima Ranieri, S. B., (2022) Moving towards a sustainable soybean supply chain – a sustainable policy toolbox for Brazilian stakeholders and other global actors. Report. UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub. DOI:

De Maria, M., Zanello, G., West, C., Dreoni, I., Brooks, S., Antoni, E., Uehara, T., (2022) How do we link local and national level measures with international policy and private sector initiatives on sustainable trade for agricultural commodities? Trade and Nature Discussion Paper Series, No. 2. UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hud, Chatham House, and UNEP-WCMC.

De Maria, M., Robinson, E. J., Kangile, J., Kadigi, R., Dreoni, I., Couto, M., Howai, N. and Peci, J., (2020) Global soybean trade – The geopolitics of a bean. Report. UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub.

De Maria, M. (2019) Understanding land in the context of large-scale land acquisitions: A brief history of land in economics. Land, 8 (1).


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