Marta Antonelli

Marta Antonelli

Head of Research and Coordinator of LIFE Climate Smart Chefs, Barilla Foundation


Trained as an economist, Marta Antonelli holds a doctorate from King's College London in Environment, Politics and Development, with a thesis on food and water security in the Middle East and North African region. She received two Masters degrees in International Economics (La Sapienza University of Rome), and Development Studies (SOAS, University of London). She worked as a postdoc research scientist in several universities, such as the Swiss Federal Institute on Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), City University London, the University of Roma Tre, the University of Siena. Currently, she serves as Project Coordinator of the EU-funded LIFE Climate Smart Chefs Project. The project seeks to promote sustainable food systems by leveraging on the role of chefs as game changers, both in their working environments and with citizens. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change(CMCC) where she works on the climate-food nexus in the EU projects SWITCH and FoodCLIC. Since 2018, Dr. Antonelli has been theHead of Researchat the Barilla Foundation, where she contributed to establish a robust research portfolio in its cross-cutting areas of expertise. She was also one of the 45 experts identified by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre to inform the legislative framework of the Farm to Fork Strategy, at the core of the European Green Deal.

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