Davide Viaggi

Davide Viaggi
University of Bologna | UNIBO · Department of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies

Doctor of Philosophy
Research on Bioeconomy, Agri-Environmental-Climate contracts, innovation, water, education... and the mix of all of them


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Davide Viaggi Studied at the University of Bologna, Aberdeen, Oxford, at ENSAR (Rennes) and got the PhD at the University of Siena. He is currently Professor at the Department of Agriculture and Food Science at the University of Bologna, teaching courses in Agricultural Economics and Rural appraisal. Participated in a number of research projects including 24 project funded by the European Union, 4 of which were coordinated by Davide (CAP-IRE and CLAIM in FP7, PROVIDE and CONSOLE in H2020). The main research themes concern the common agricultural policy (CAP), the Bioeconomy, innovation in agriculture, the economics and management of water resources and the evaluation of agri-environmental schemes.
Additional affiliations
July 2012 - present
University of Bologna
  • Professor (Associate)


Projects (12)
RUBIZMO's goal is to generate jobs and growth in highly diverse rural areas by stimulating the large-scale deployment of successful, localised and innovative business models in the food sector, bio-based value chains and eco-system services. https://rubizmo.eu/
The slow adoption by the agricultural sector of practices to promote biodiversity are thought to originate from three interrelated issues. First, we know little about which incentives effectively motivate farmers to integrate biodiversity into daily farm management. Second, few studies so far have produced evidence that biodiversity-based approaches produce benefits in terms of key variables for farmers (yield, profit). Third, there is a large communication gap between the scientists investigating biodiversity-based farming practices and the farmers that have to implement them. To overcome these barriers, SHOWCASE will review and test the effectiveness of a range of economic and societal incentives to implement biodiversity management in farming operations and examine farmer and public acceptance. Focus will be on three promising approaches: (i) result-based incentives, (ii) involvement in citizen science biodiversity monitoring and (iii) biodiversity-based business models. SHOWCASE will co-produce together with stakeholders a solid interdisciplinary evidence for the agro-ecological and socio-economic benefits of biodiversity management in 10 contrasting farming systems across Europe. SHOWCASE will also design communication strategies that are tailor-made to farmers and other key stakeholders operating in different socio-economic and environmental conditions. SHOWCASE will develop a multi-actor network of 10 Experimental Biodiversity Areas in contrasting European farming systems that will be used for in-situ research on biodiversity incentives and evidence for benefits as well as knowledge exchange. This network will be used to identify and test biodiversity indicators and targets relevant to all stakeholders and use them in a learning-by-doing approach to improve benefits of biodiversity management on farms both within the network and beyond.
SHERPA is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and aims to contribute to the formulation of recommendations for future policies relevant to EU rural areas, by creating a science-society-policy interface which provides a hub for knowledge and policy.