Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Researcher



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Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Elisabetta is an applied microeconomist with a particular focus on food security, child and adolescent development, and social protection in low and middle income countries.

Her research is currently focusing on the impact of food security 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 joined the Imperial College Business School as Guido Cazzavillan Research Fellow in 2017. Prior to that, she held academic appointments at the Partnership for Child Development, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and the University of Oxford. She is currently research associate with Young Lives, University of Oxford, and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research in Health and Agriculture (LCIRAH), University of London. Elisabetta also conducted extensive research consultancy on food security and child nutrition 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 University of Roma Tre.



Aurino E, Fernandes M, Gelli A, et al., A free lunch or a walk back home? The school food environment and dietary behaviours among children and adolescents in Ghana, Food Security, ISSN:1876-4517

Schott W, Aurino E, Penny ME, et al., Adolescent mothers’ anthropometrics and grandmothers’ schooling predict infant anthropometrics in Ethiopia, India, Peru, Vietnam, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, ISSN:1749-6632

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

Aurino E, Fernandes M, Penny ME, 2017, The nutrition transition and adolescents' diets in low- and middle-income countries: a cross-cohort comparison, Public Health Nutrition, Vol:20, ISSN:1368-9800, Pages:72-81

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