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Elisabetta is an applied microeconomist with a particular focus on food security, child and adolescent development, and food-related social protection programmes (e.g. school meals, food aid).

Her work is at the intersection of food security and child & adolescent development to provide rigorous evidence on key policy issues in the context of low and middle income countries. She is currently focusing on the impact of household food insecurity on child development in India; the food security, health and educational effects of an innovative school feeding programme in Ghana; the impact of conflict in Mali on child development and household food security; and adolescent girls' nutrition and its effects on their children in four diverse countries.

Elisabetta obtained her PhD in Development Economics from the University of Roma Tre in Italy where she focused on food insecurity and childhood poverty in low- and middle-income countries. The suite of indicators she developed during her PhD has been adopted by FAO since 2014 to track global food security. 

Elisabetta started her Imperial College Research Fellowship in December 2017. Prior to this exciting award, she held a Guido Cazzavillan Research Fellowship as well as academic appointments at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and at the University of Oxford. She is Research Associate at  Young Lives, University of Oxford, and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research in Health and Agriculture (LCIRAH), University of London.

Elisabetta regularly conducts research consultancy on food security and child development for, among others, the University of Pennsylvania, FAO, UNDP and IFPRI.

She teaches modules on "Poverty: concepts and measures" and "Food Security" at the Bsc in Global Health and in the Master in Public Health at Imperial College London, and at the Master in “Human Development and Food Security” at the University of Roma Tre, Italy.



Aurino E, Schott W, Penny ME, et al., 2017, Birth weight and prepubertal body size predict menarcheal age in India, Peru, and Vietnam., Ann N Y Acad Sci

Aurino E, 2017, Do boys eat better than girls in India? Longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents, Economics & Human Biology, Vol:25, ISSN:1570-677X, Pages:99-111

Aurino E, Burchi F, 2017, Children's Multidimensional Health and Medium-Term Cognitive Skills in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, European Journal of Development Research, Vol:29, ISSN:0957-8811, Pages:289-311

Picchioni F, Aurino E, Aleksandrowicz L, et al., 2017, Roads to interdisciplinarity - working at the nexus among food systems, nutrition and health, Food Security, Vol:9, ISSN:1876-4517, Pages:181-189

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