Faculty and Staff

Riccardo Simoncini, PhD

Riccardo Simoncini, PhD

Lead Faculty; Lecturer in Food Systems Policy and Socioeconomic Values
Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics
University of Parma, Parma, Italy
M.Sc. in Economics
University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Food Systems Agrienvironmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values
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Faculty Profile

From 1995 to 2012 Riccardo has been researcher at the University of Florence, Economic Sciences Department carrying out research on ecological and agricultural economics and policy and, teaching the course “Agro-environmental and Rural Development Policy”. In 2001-2004 Riccardo, on behalf of IUCN Regional Office for Europe, acted as IUCN Scientific Co-ordinator of the EU’s project “Definition of a Common European Analytical Framework for the Development of Local Agri-environmental Programmes for Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation”, (AEMBAC). In 2006-2008, he was IUCN lead researcher in the EU’s project “Governance and Ecosystem management for Biodiversity Conservation” (GEMCONBIO). In 2010-2011 Riccardo has collaborated in the EU study on “Measuring the social awareness of agricultural landscape: indicator scale and issues” coordinated by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In 2013-2015 he was external expert advisor in the EU’s project “Mapping of Ecosystems and their Services in the EU and its Member States” (MESEU) coordinated by Alterra. From 2016 to 2021, Co-Director of the study abroad program in Italy of the High Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), Minnesota, USA and Professor for the course “Economics of sustainable food production in contemporary Europe”. Recently he has been a Lead Author for the European and Central Asia (ECA) Regional Assessment, of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) promoted by UNEP in collaboration with UNESCO, FAO and UNDP.

Academics & Research

Research Interests

  • Ecological economics
  • Agri-environmental and rural development policy
  • Sustainable use and management of ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • Agriculture multifunctionality

Professional Affiliations

IUCN, Commission on Environmental, Economics and Social Policy (CEESP) (member)
IUCN, Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) (member)
The Agriculture Working Group of the IUCN-European Sustainable Use Group (co-coordinator)


Mainstreaming biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people in Europe and Central Asia: insights from IPBES to inform the CBD post-2020 agenda

Camilla Sandström, Irene Ring, Roland Olschewski, Riccardo Simoncini, Christian Albert, Sevil Acar, Malkhaz Adeishvili, Christina Allard, Yakov Anker, Raphaël Arlettaz, Györgyi Bela, Luca Coscieme, Anke Fischer, Christine Fürst, Bella Galil, Stephen Hynes, Ulan Kasymov, Cristina Marta-Pedroso, Ana Mendes, Ulf Molau & Jan Pergl (2023) Ecosystems and People, 19:1, 2138553, DOI: 10.1080/26395916.2022.2138553.

Constraints and opportunities for mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: Insights from the IPBES assessment for Europe and Central Asia.

Simoncini, R., Ring, I., Sandstrom, C., Albert, C., Kasymov, U., Arlettaz, R. (2019). Land UsePolicy 88 (2019) 104099, Elsevier

The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Eu-rope and Central Asia.

Ring, I., Sandström, C., Acar, S., Adeishvili, M., Albert, C., Allard, C., Anker, Y., Arlettaz, R., Bela, G., ten Brink, B., Fischer, A., Fürst, C., Galil, B., Hynes, S., Kasymov, U., Marta-Pedroso, C., Mendes, A., Molau, U., Olschewski, R., Pergl, J., & Simoncini, R. (2018): Chapter 6: Options for governance and decision-making across scales and sectors. In: IPBES (2018): Rounsevell, M., Fischer, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A., Mader, A. (eds.). Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bonn, Germany

The EU societal awareness of landscape indicator: A review of its meaning, utility and performance across different scales.

Jones, P. J., Andersen, E., Capitani, C., Carvalho Ribeiro, S., Griffiths, G. H., Loupa-Ramos, I., Madeira, L., Mortimer, S. R., Paracchini, M.L., Pinto Correia, T. , Schmidt, A. M., Simoncini, R. and Wascher, D. M., (2016) Land Use Policy 53 (2016), 112-122, doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.01.038

Introducing territorial and historical contexts and critical thresholds in the analysis of conservation of agro-biodiversity by Alternative Food Networks, in Tuscany, Italy,

Riccardo Simoncini (2015) Land Use Policy 42 (2015) 355–366, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.08.010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (paper available on line at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264837714001860

Measuring societal awareness of the rural agrarian landscape: indicators and scale issues

M.L. Paracchini, C. Capitani, A.M. Schmidt, E. Andersen, D.M. Wascher, P.J. Jones, R. Simoncini, S. Carvalho Ribeiro, G.H. Griffiths, S. R. Mortimer, L. Madeira, I. Loupa Ramos and T. Pinto Correia (2012), JRC Scientific and Technical Reports, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, ISSN 1831-9424 (online), ISSN 1018-5593 (print), doi:10.2788/81539

Identifying governance strategies that effectively support ecosystem services, resource sustainability, and biodiversity.

R. E. Kenward, M. J. Whittingham, S. Arampatzis, B. D. Manos, T. Hahn, A. Terry, R. Simoncini, J. Alcorn, O. Bastian, M. Donlan, K. Elowe, F. Franzen, Z. Karacsonyi, M. Larsson, D. Manou, I. Navodaru, O. Papadopoulou, J. Papathanasiou, A. Von Raggamby, R. J. A. Sharp, T. Soderqvist, Å. Soutukorva, L. Vavrova, N. J. Aebischer, N. Leader-Williams, and C. Rutz (2011). Edited by Elinor Ostrom (2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences). PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN: 1091-6490, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007933108

Governance objectives and instruments, ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation: the Chianti case study

Riccardo Simoncini (2010), Journal Regional Environmental Change, Published on line 18 February 2010, DOI 10.1007/s10113-010-0112-x (The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/a4136v90128t4j85/fulltext.pdf)

Special issue on Rural Areas: Assessing sustainable options for multi-functional use of rural areas;

Riccardo Simoncini, Rudolf De Groot, Teresa Pinto Correia (Guest editors), (2008), Journal Regional Environmental Change, Volume 9, Number 3 / September, 2009 Publisher Springer Berlin/ Heidelberg ISSN 1436-3798,doi:10.1007/s10113-008-0079-z (The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/103880/)

Developing an integrated approach to enhance the delivering of environmental goods and services by agro-ecosystems

Riccardo Simoncini, (2008), Regional Environmental Change, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-008-0052-x (The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/v277p45v8l304502/