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Simone Piras

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Agricultural / Rural Economist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Simone Piras is an agricultural and rural economist working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) group at the James Hutton Institute. He has an interdisciplinary background in development studies. Prior to joining the James Hutton Institute, he received his PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics and Statistics from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2016, and carried out three years of post-doctoral research at the University of Bologna, Italy. He was a visiting researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Germany. He has study and research experience in Estonia, Georgia, and the Republic of Moldova.

Simone's research activities evolve along two main lines: rural development economics and policy, with a focus on the socio-economic implications of smallholder farming in Central-Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space; and food economics, with a focus on food losses and waste along the supply chain. Besides traditional quantitative tools, he has an expertise in survey design, experimental economics, and agent-besed modelling.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.