Tarek Allali

Supervisors: Prof. Gianluca Brunori and Dr. Michele Moretti 

Research field: Agricultural economy

Research interests: Sustainability, Assessment, Value chain, Food 

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa.

Tarek Allali is a Ph.D. student pursuing his doctoral studies in Agricultural Economics within the PAGE section (Pisa AGricultural Economics) at the University of PISA, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Having completed his undergraduate studies (Agronomy Engineer) in Crop protection at the University of Batna (Algeria), where he worked on biological control and natural enemies of aphids. Later, Tarek Allali demonstrated more interest in natural approaches and sustainability-related topics. This led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture at the Institute of Mediterranean Agriculture (CIHEAM – IAM) in Bari (Italy). Currently, as a Ph.D. student, Tarek Allali focuses his research on the sustainability assessment of agri-food value chains. The work addresses the construction of a new framework to evaluate sustainability in a more holistic way considering many concepts that are adopted for the first time in this field, namely: Socio-Ecological Systems, Assemblage of Social Practices, System Dynamics, etc. This new framework may be considered a contribution to the advancement in understanding sustainability appraisal by overcoming some of the limitations reported previously while using other tools and frameworks. Alongside his Ph.D. thesis, Tarek actively contributes to multiple European projects as a research assistant. He engages in workshops and meetings with local stakeholders to collect data and undertakes diverse tasks, including reports and deliverable development. Currently, two European projects are underway: (i) a HORIZON 2020 project called MOVING (MOuntain Valorisation through INterconnectedness and Green growth), which aims to investigate the contribution of value chains in the sustainability and resilience of mountain areas; and (ii) a RISE project called ATTER (Agro-ecological Transition at the scale of TERritorial food systems), which aims to produce knowledge, methods, skills, and to reinforce networks of actors involved in agrifood system transition. 


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