Sabrina Arcuri

  • ResearcherDepartment of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa

Contact Info:

  • 80 Via del Borghetto, Pisa

My PhD research focussed on food (in)security/poverty and charitable food provision in affluent countries. In particular, I examined the Italian system of food assistance and the ways it intertwines with food waste recovery. During my PhD, I was a visiting student at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) of the University of Sheffield (UK).

I am a post-doc fellow researcher at the University of Pisa, having previously worked at the University of Florence, where my research focussed in particular on rural tourism and the socio-economic aspects of agri-biodiversity conservation. My current work focuses on rural development and the role of urban/local food strategies in 1) reconnecting rural and urban, 2) contributing to more sustainable food systems, 3) delivering food security.

Key research interests

  • Food (in)security in wealthy countries
  • Origins, development and governance of urban/local food strategies
  • Sustainable food systems and rural-urban relationships
  • Rural development

Core competences

  • Qualitative research and analysis
  • Participatory methods

Current EU-funded and national projects

SHERPA – Sustainable Hub to Engage into Rural Policies with Actors

ROBUST – Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies

See the list of all projects the group is involved in here

Some recent publications

Arcuri, S., Minotti, B., & Galli, F. (2022). Food policy integration in small cities: The case of intermunicipal governance in Lucca, Italy. Journal of Rural Studies, 89, 287-297.

Arcuri, S. Belletti, G., Bottiglioni, S., Brunori, G., Galli, F., Innocenti, S., Marescotti, A., Pensa, A., Rovai, M. & Soldani, L. (2020). Innovazioni istituzionali e approcci multi-attore nelle politiche alimentari Locali: il piano intercomunale per il cibo della Piana di Lucca. In: Dansero, E., Marino, D., Mazzocchi, G., Nicolarea, Y. (eds) (2019), Lo spazio delle politiche locali del cibo: temi, esperienze e prospettive, Celid, Torino. ISBN 978-88-6789-187-0.

Arcuri, S., Brunori, G., Galli, F. (2020). The Role of Food Charity in Italy. In: Lambie-Mumford, H. and Silvasti, T. (eds). The rise of food charity in Europe, pp. 79-110. Bristol Policy Press. ISBN 978-1447347569. DOI: 10.2307/j.ctvzgb6dt.10

Arcuri, S. (2019). Food poverty, food waste and the consensus frame on charitable food redistribution in Italy. Agriculture and Human Values, 36(2):263-275. DOI: 10.1007/s10460-019-09918-1.

Arcuri, S., Brunori, G., Galli, F. (2017). Insights on the role of private and public actors in food assistance provision: A literature review for High Income Countries. Economia agro-alimentare/Food Economy, 1/2017, pp. 119-150. doi: 10.13128/BAE-18520.

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