IUCN - European Sustainable Use Group’
Riccardo Simoncini holds a Master of Science from the University of Florence and a Ph.D. from the University of Parma both in agricultural economics. From 1995 to 2012, he has carried out research and taught agri-environmental policy at the University of Florence, Economic Sciences Department. From 2001 to 2004 he acted as Scientific Co-ordinator of the EU project “Definition of a Common European Analytical Framework for the Development of Local Agri-environmental Programmes for Biodiversity and Landscape Conservation” (AEMBAC), EU FP5 (contract Ref: QLRT-1999-31666), and, from 2006 to 2008, as IUCN researcher in the EU project Governance and Ecosystem management for Biodiversity Conservation (GEMCONBIO) EU FP6. He has collaborated in the EU study on “measuring the social awareness of agricultural landscape: indicator scale and issues” coordinated by the Joint Research Council of the European Commission and as expert advisor in the EU project “Mapping of Ecosystems and their Services in the EU and its Member States” (MESEU) coordinated by the University of Alterra-Wageningen, Netherlands.
He is a member of the Commission on Environmental, Economics and Social Policy and Commission on Ecosystem Management of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is co-coordinator of the Agriculture Working Group of the European Sustainable Use of the initiative on Sustainable Use and Livelihoods of IUCN.