Francesco Vanni

MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy (2006)
Current Job: 
Researcher, National Institute for Agricultural Economics, Italy

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Recommended by a researcher working at Cardiff University.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

Making friends of different nationalities and backgrounds.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

Dr. Roberta Sonnino.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff?

Great academic atmosphere, and in a very beautiful building.

How did your degree most help you in the career or job you have now chosen?

Having worked previously as researcher in the agro-food field, the course really opened my eyes on the sustainability challenges of this sector. The course also improved my theoretical background on environmental policy and planning and this was regarded very highly by employers and definitely helped me get my job in Italy.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

I am currently working as researcher at INEA. I am a member of the INEA Observatory on the Agricultural Policies of the EU and I am involved in several research and evaluation projects regarding the CAP reform, agro-environmental policies, multifunctional agriculture and rural development policies. My  research interests include environmental economics and the institutional innovation in rural areas, especially in relation to the provision of environmental goods and services.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?

The possibility of working both in the academic field but also in international institutions dealing with policy development and evaluation.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

I love jazz music, American novelists and red wine. I love driving my vespa along silent country roads through the hillsides of Tuscany.