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University of Naples Federico II (UniNA)

The Agricultural Economics and Policy Group (AgEcon) is part of the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II (UniNA), one of the oldest (founded in 1224) and most prestigious University in Italy.

The AgEcon has extensive experience in applied economic researches related to the agri-food systems: innovation and management of high value food supply chain, agricultural and environmental policies, sustainability approaches (e.g. organic farming, circular economy, bioeconomy, agro-energy supply chains), consumer studies, evaluation of non-market goods and ecosystem services. The toolbox of the AgEcon includes insights and methods coming from behavioral economics, experimental economics, ecological economics, micro-econometrics and operation research.  

AgEcon involved research grants

AgEcon members are currently involved in several national and EU research grants. Their involvement in ALMaSS concerns the following two projects:

  • EcoStack - Stacking of ecosystem services: mechanisms and interactions for optimal crop protection, pollination enhancement, and productivity; EU H2020, GA 773554 — H2020-SFS-2016-2017/H2020-SFS-2017-2, 2018-2024. EcoStack will develop and support ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production via stacking and protection of functional biodiversity. Researchers at AgEcon will contribute to model human agents in ALMaSS, particularly with reference to farmers’ behavior.
  • DRASTIC - Driving The Italian Agri-Food System Into A Circular Economy Model; PRIN-MIUR – Call 2017, cod. 2017JYRZFF, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). DRASTIC will evaluate the opportunity to implement circular economy strategies in the Italian extra-virgin olive oil supply chain. DRASTIC will benefit of ALMaSS to assess the effects of a set of circular supply chain scenarios (transition pathways).

AgEcon members involved with SESS

Luigi Cembalo

EcoStack WP10 leader
Full Professor at UniNA

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Scopus Author ID: 16416529000    


Cembalo’s scientific interests focus on innovation and sustainability in high value supply chain, with specific interest in circular economy and ecosystem services economics. He has also a long experience in consumer studies, demand estimations, and agro-energy economics. His expertise also includes micro-econometrics and operation research modeling procedures with a focus on multicriteria approaches. Cembalo’s contribution in ALMaSS concerns the leading of the AgEcon group, the conceptual framework to implement farmers behavior in ALMaSS, and economic transition pathways modelling.

Gianni Cicia

EcoStack Task 9.3 co-leader
Full Professor at UniNA

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Scopus Author ID: 6505991179  


Gianni Cicia has done extensive research about consumer and producer behavior in postmodern society, mostly with regard to sustainable production and consumption, healthy eating or other socially desirable behaviors. In particular, he has done research on organic food, functional food, healthy eating, public acceptance of innovation in traditional food products.  His expertise also includes micro-econometrics with a focus on conjoint analyses and random utility models (RUM). His contribution in ALMaSS concerns Socio-economic factors and incentives affecting farmers decision making.

Massimiliano Borrello

Post-doc researcher at UniNA

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Scopus Author ID: 56784462600  


Borrello’s scientific interests focus on ecological economics, radical innovation implementation and management in the agro-food sector and sustainability with particular emphasis on circular economy and ecosystem services economics. Borrello’s contribution in ALMaSS concerns conceptualization of ecological economics models in ALMaSS related to the interactions between humans and ecological systems.