PhD in Agricultural Economics and Policy at the University of Modena, Italy (October 1993)

M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Business, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) (September 1991)

Specialization Degree in Economics of the Agri-food System at Scuola di Specializzazione in Economia Agro-alimentare (SMEA) of the Catholic University of Piacenza, Cremona (October 1989)

Laurea (B.Sc) in Economics at the University of Trento (June 1987)

Academic career and teaching activities

Current Position

Professor of Agricultural Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento


Past Academic Employment

Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento, September 2005 to October 2019

Researcher at the University of Trento, Faculty of Economics, October 1994 - August 2005.

Teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento from 1990 to 1994.

Research assistant at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business, University of Guelph (Canada), March - September 1991.



Teaching Experience


  • Stated preference methods for consumers’ preferences investigation (MSc MaST), since 2016
  • Non-market valuation methods (PhD in Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics), from 2007 to 2010
  • Natural resources management, 2005-2006
  • Economic valuation of the environment (MSc EGAT and then MaST), since 2003


  • Wine economics and marketing in Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology, since 2013
  • Agricultural economics in the Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Oenology, 2011-2017
  • Economics of the agri-food system, since 2010
  • Agricultural economics, 2000-2010
  • Economics and environmental valuation in the Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, Lecturer, 1993-1996
  • Statistic for Agriculture, Lecturer, 1991-1992


Supervisor of more than one hundred fifty under and graduate thesis on agricultural economics and policy, environmental economics and sustainable development in mountain and rural areas.

Research interests

Non-market valuation of agricultural externalities, consumers' preferences for sustainable products, climate change,

Research work

Earlier focus of her research activity was on quality issues in the agri-business sector and its implication for international trade. Her interest encompasses the interrelation between agriculture and the environment, focusing on a range of issues related to the multifunctional role of agriculture and forestry in the Alpine context.

In 2008, as principal investigator representing the Department of Economics, she was awarded together with other four research institutions (Fondazione Edmund Mach and Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento), ETHZ Swiss federal Institute of Technology (Zurich) and Volcani Center (Israel) one of the “Grandi Progetti 2006” of the Autonomous Province of Trento. She led the research group of the Department of Economics working at the Envirochange project aiming at investigating the possible economic impacts of climate change on Trentino agriculture and the role of risk perception in farmers’ and consumers’ decision making. 

Her most recent research is devoted to the application of stated preference techniques (choice experiments) for valuing tourists’ preferences for positive externalities of agriculture and consumers’ preference for sustainable products, with particular emphasis on testing different mechanisms to reduce hypothetical and social desirability bias.