Giulia Nicolini

Researcher, Shaping Sustainable Markets

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Languages: English, Italian (fluent), French (basic)

Giulia is a researcher with seven years’ experience in applied social science research. Her background is in sociology and anthropology and her work sits at the intersection of food, environment and society. Her previous research has addressed a range of food system challenges, including supply-side barriers to vegetable consumption, chokepoints in global food trade, and food safety practices in informal dairy markets. 

Giulia is a part-time PhD student in the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, where she is researching the cultural and sustainability dimensions of seaweed as a food in the UK. 


Food systems and the environment; sustainable and healthy diets; food safety; anthropology of food; qualitative methods.

Before IIED

Research consultant at Stripe Partners (London); intern at the European Food Safety Authority (Parma), The Food Foundation and Chatham House.


MA in anthropology of food, SOAS

BA sociology, University of Cambridge.

Current work

Giulia’s work addresses different aspects of food systems and their transformation towards better health, environmental and societal outcomes. She is currently working on the connections between UK food systems transformation and international sustainable development, with a particular focus on aquatic foods. As part of this work Giulia has a particular interest in integrating evidence on aquatic foods into research, policy and advocacy on sustainable food systems.

Other projects Giulia is working on address the resilience of female cotton farmers in India, and the use of just transition framings in different sectors. Giulia also contributes to cross-institutional work on gender justice and equitable research partnerships.