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Simone Piras

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Agricultural / Rural Economist
simone.piras@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1224 395 399

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
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.

Bibliography

  • Kandemier, C.; Reynolds, C.; Verma, M.; Grainger, M.; Stewart, G.; Righi, S.; Piras, S.; Setti, M.; Vittuari, M.; Quested, T. (2020) Modelling approaches to food waste: discrete event simulation; machine learning; Bayesian networks; agent-based modelling; and mass balance estimation., In: Reynolds, C., Soma, T., Spring, C. & Lazell, J. (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Food Waste, Routledge, London, Chapter 20, pp326-343.
  • Vittuari, M.; Segrè, A.; Falasconi, L.; Piras, S.; Brenes-Peralta, L.; García Herrero, L.; Pagani, M.; De Menna, F. (2019) Drivers of food losses and their implications for the agro-food chain: selected case studies., In: Vittuari, M., Devlin, J., Pagani, M. & Johnson, T.G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy, 1st Edition, Routledge, London, Chapter 24, 325-338.
  • Piras, S. (2019) Post-Soviet rural areas towards European integration: The difficult transition of Moldova., In: Vittuari, M., Devlin, J., Pagani, M. & Johnson, T.G. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Rural Policy, 1st Edition, Routledge, London, Chapter 37, 493-499.


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