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Professor Giacomo Zanello

  • Head of Agri-Food Economics and Marketing Department
  • Deputy Director of Graduate Institute for International Development, Agriculture and Economics

Postgraduate supervision

I look forward to Ph.D. applications from applied economists broadly interested in such topics and eager to develop robust empirical research aimed at strong policy implications.


  • Module convenor for Qualitative Research Methods (APME40) and Quantitative Marketing Research methods (APME85)
  • Teaching supporting role for Econometrics (APME71), Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics (APME84), Approaches to International Development (AP2ID2), and Independent Research Project (AP3EX5)

Research centres and groups

  • Member of the Development Research Steering Group (University of Reading)
  • Member of the SAPD Ethical Committee (University of Reading)

Research projects

Working with a range of talented co-authors and using both qualitative and quantitative primary and secondary data, my current research agenda includes three main topics:

  • Food, nutrition, and health: I am interested in research at the intersection of agriculture, food, nutrition, and health predominately in low-income countries. I am interested in the food system as a whole, but also in its various components (from production to markets and food environments) and how this affects nutrition and health. My research questions often have a gender-focused angle.
  • I study the social context of antimicrobial resistance, exploring rural healthcare-seeking behaviours, how people understand antibiotics and illness, their constraints in accessing healthcare
  • Innovation, technology, and industrialisation in developing countries: I investigate the innovation rich environment of middle- and low-income countries aiming to understand the diffusion and impacts of tech- and no-tech innovations at the firm level.

Professional bodies/affiliations

Other positions:

  • Fellow at the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Research Associate at the Technology and Management Centre for Development (University of Oxford)
  • Core member of the Independent Expert Group for the Global Nutrition Report


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