Through our research, and related higher education and advisory work, we support the transition to sustainable and resilient agri-food systems. Our vision is based on an intimate understanding of the

  • multidimensionality of agriculture and food;
  • diversity of social needs; and
  • existing societal challenges.

We take a problem-based approach, linking these different spheres in a social and ecological systems perspective, and building on multiple theories. We use various qualitative and quantitative research methods and collaborate with researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Already for some time, we have transcended academia to do research with actors in policy and practice. Over time, we have learnt how to meaningfully engage with the actors ‘in the field’ and ‘co-design’ and ‘co-innovate’. In all our work, we follow the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation.

PAGE group at a glance

Key research areas:

  • Food systems and food security
  • Analysis of agri-food chains
  • Technological, social, institutional and organisational innovations
  • Sustainable and resilient bio-based, circular economy
  • Innovation processes and transition management
  • Dynamics and structural change in rural areas, and rural-urban relations
  • Analysis of agricultural, fisheries, food and rural development policies
  • Multifunctionality of agriculture and of rural space
  • Innovative agri-business models

Engagement in projects, academic programmes and research networks:

What we do


This section describes the type & thematic areas of our research, and projects we have been engaged in

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This section lists the courses that our team members are currently teaching at the University of Pisa

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This section illustrates a range of activities we are doing with policy & practice partners and citizens

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