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Elisabetta is an economist with a focus on global food security issues, child and adolescent development, and food-related social protection programmes such as school feeding. Her work is highly multidisciplinary, lying at the intersection of food security and child & adolescent development, and aims at tackling key policy issues in the context of low and middle-income countries. Please see my personal website for more info:

She is currently focusing on the impact of household food insecurity on child development in India; the effects of an innovative school feeding programme in Ghana on children and their households; how food aid and school feeding moderated the impact of conflict in Mali on children’s nutrition and education; and a variety of issues related to child and adolescent nutrition in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam.

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 Department of Management through the prestigious “Imperial College Research Fellowship” in December 2017. Prior to this, she was awarded a “Guido Cazzavillan Research Fellowship” by the University of Venice for her work on global child poverty. She also held academic appointments at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, and at the University of Oxford, Department of International Development. 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, Tranchant J-P, Gelli A, et al., School feeding or general food distribution? Quasi-experimental evidence on the educational impacts of emergency food assistance during conflict in Mali, Journal of Development Studies, ISSN:0022-0388

Aurino E, Schott W, Behrman JR, et al., Nutritional Status from 1 to 15 years and Adolescent Learning for Boys and Girls in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, Population Research and Policy Review, ISSN:0167-5923

Gelli A, Aurino E, Folson G, et al., 2019, A School Meals Program Implemented at Scale in Ghana Increases Height-for-Age during Midchildhood in Girls and in Children from Poor Households: A Cluster Randomized Trial., J Nutr, Vol:149, Pages:1434-1442

Schott W, Aurino E, Penny ME, et al., 2019, The double burden of malnutrition among youth: trajectories and inequalities in four emerging economies, Economics and Human Biology, ISSN:1570-677X

Aurino E, Fledderjohann J, Vellakkal S, 2019, Inequalities in adolescent learning: Does the timing and persistence of food insecurity at home matter?, Economics of Education Review, ISSN:0272-7757

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