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. 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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