Dr. Michele Graziano Ceddia

Adjunct researcher

Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management


Permanent Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Sustainable Resources – Directorate D, Economics of Agriculture – Unit D.4, Ispra (Italy)

10/2009 – 10/2012     Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practices, University of Reading (UK)

10/2003 – 06/2006     PhD in Environmental Economics (awarded in 2007), Environment Department, University of York (UK)

  • Thesis: Policy Analysis for the widespread introduction of GM crops in Europe
  • Advisors: Professor Charles Perrings and Professor Riccardo Scarpa

10/2000- 09/2001      MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management, Environment Department, University of York (UK)

  • Awarded with distinction and winner of the Yorkshire Water Prize for Excellence in Environmental Economics

10/1993 – 02/2000    BSc (Laurea) in Economics (110/110), Università di Siena (Italy)

11/2016 – 10/2021     Principal Investigator, Indigenous Communities, Land Use and Tropical Deforestation (INCLUDE), ERC Consolidator Grant (2M Euro)

12/2014 – 11/2015     Principal Investigator, Climate Resilience and Adaptation in the EU (CRESEU), EC JRC Institutional Project (500K Euro)

10/2014 – 09/2018     Co-principal Investigator, How individual is individual choice? Exploring team reasoning in context, Leverhulme Grant (104K Euro).

10/2011 – 09/2015     Co-principal investigator, Assessing and Monitoring Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems (AMIGA), EU FP7 (6M Euro).

10/2010 – 03/2011     Co-principal Investigator, Lay perceptions, prejudice and the natural environment in the spread of animal-human and human-human infections, Medical Research Council (UK), Catalyst Grant (50K GBP).

12/2009 – 09/2011     Co-principal Investigator, Synthesizing and Predicting Infectious Diseases with Endogenous Risk (SPIDER), National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (USA), Exploratory Research Grant (150K US $).

10/2008 – 09/2011     University of Reading Faculty of Life Sciences Grant to support a PhD student, Analysis of plants trade and the spread of Phytophtora Ramorum in the UK (60K GBP).

05/2004 – 07/2005     NERC & ESRC (UK), Overseas Research Grant, Analysis of agricultural biotechnology in Canada (5K GBP).

10/2003 – 09/2006     NERC & ESRC (UK) PhD Studentship, Policy analysis for the introduction of GM crops in the EU (50K GBP).

12/2002 – 06/2003    Central Science Laboratory (now FERA) Seed-corn Grant, Pollen-mediated gene-flow and the externalities of GM crops: the case of oilseed rape (2K GBP).

Journal Articles

  1. Ceddia M.G., Frey S., Inguaggiato C., Tschopp M., 2022. Talking about trees: the territorial classification of native forests in the Argentinian Chaco. Environmental Research Letters 17(2): 025012.
  2. Tschopp M., Ceddia M.G., Inguaggiato C., 2022. Adoption of silvopastoral practices in Artentina’s Gran Chaco: a multilevel approach. Journal of Arid Environment 197: 104657.
  3. Inguaggiato C., Ceddia M.G., Tschopp M., Christopoulos D., 2021. Codifying and commodifying nature: narratives on forest property rights and the implementation of tenure regularization policies in northwest Argentina. Land (forthcoming).
  4. Inguaggiato C., Ceddia M.G., Tschopp M., Christopoulos D., 2021. Collaborative governance networks: a case study of Argentina’s forest law. Sustainability 13(18): 10000.
  5. Zepharovich E., Ceddia M.G., 2020. Perceptiones de la deforestación en el Chaco Salteño: una mirada desde la justicia ambiental. Revista del Museo de Antropología 13(3): 459-464. 
  6. Zepharovich E., Ceddia M.G. and Rist S., 2020. Social multi-criteria evaluation of land use scenarios in the Chaco Salteño: complementing the three-pillar sustainability approach with environmental justice. Land Use Policy.
  7. Tschopp M., Ceddia M.G., Inguaggiato C., Bardsley N.O., Hernandez H., 2020. Understanding the adoption of silvopastoral practices in Northern Argentina: what is the role of land tenure? Land Use Policy 99: 105092.
  8. Zepharovich E., Ceddia M.G. and Rist S., 2020. Land-Use Conflict in the Gran Chaco: Finding Common Ground through Use of the Q Method. Sustainability 12(18): 7788.
  9. Gunter U., Ceddia M.G., 2020. Can indigenous and community-based ecotourism serve as a catalyst for land-sparing in Latin America? Journal of Travel Research 1-15.
  10. Bardsley N.O., Ceddia M.G., Pfuderer S. and McCoy R., 2020. Why economic valuation does not value the environment: climate policy as a collective endeavour. Environmental Values.
  11. Ceddia M.G., 2020. Investments’ role in ecosystem degradation. Science 368 (6489): 377.
  12. Ceddia M.G., 2020. The super-rich and cropland expansion via direct investments in agriculture. Nature Sustainability 3: 312-318.
  13. Zepharovich E., Ceddia M.G., Rist S., 2020. Perceptions of deforestation in the Argentinian Chaco: combining Q-method and environmental justice. Ecological Economics 171: 106598.
  14. Ceddia M.G., Gunter U. and Pazienza P., 2019. Indigenous peoples’ land rights and agricultural expansion in Latin America: a dynamic panel data approach. Forest Policy and Economics 109.
  15. Ceddia M.G., 2019. The impact of income, land and wealth inequality on agricultural expansion in Latin America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(7): 2527-2532.
  16. Gunter U., Ceddia M.G., Leonard D. and Tröster B., 2018. Contribution of international ecotourism to comprehensive economic development and convergence in the Central American and Caribbean region. Applied Economics 50(33): 3614-3629.
  17. Ceddia M.G. and Zepharovich E., 2017. Jevons paradox and the loss of natural habitat in the Argentinean Chaco: the impact of the indigenous communities’ land titling and the Forest Law in the province of Salta. Land Use Policy 69: 608-617.
  18. Ceddia M.G., Christopoulos D., Hernandez Y. and Zepharovich E., 2017. Assessing adaptive capacity through governance networks: the elaboration of the flood risk management plan in Austria. Environmental Science and Policy 77: 140-146.
  19. Gunter U., Ceddia M.G. and Tröster B., 2017. International ecotourism and economic development in Central America and the Caribbean. Journal of Sustainable Tourism 25: 43-60.
  20. Hernandez-Gonzalez Y., Ceddia M.G., Zepharovich E. and Christopoulos D., 2016. Prescriptive conflict prevention analysis: an application to the 2021 update of the Austrian Flood Risk Management Plan. Environmental Science and Policy.
  21. Catarino R., Ceddia M.G., Areal F., Parisey N. and Park J., 2016. Managing maize under pest species competition: is Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) maize the solution? Ecosphere 7(6): Article e01340.
  22. Ceddia M.G., Gunter U. and Corriveau-Bourque A., 2015. Land tenure and agricultural expansion in Latin America: the role of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ forest rights. Global Environmental Change 35: 316-322.
  23. Catarino R., Ceddia M.G., Areal F. and Park J., 2015. The impact of secondary pests on Bt crops. Plant Biotechnology Journal 13: 601-612.
  24. Ceddia M.G., Bardsley N.O., Gomez-y-Paloma S. and Sedlacek S., 2014. Governance, agricultural intensification and land sparing in tropical South America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(20): 7242-7247.
  25. Ceddia M.G., Sedlacek S., Bardsley N.O. and Gomez-y-Paloma S., 2013. Sustainable agricultural intensification or Jevons paradox? The role of public governance in tropical South America. Global Environmental Change 23(5): 1052-1063.
  26. Ceddia M.G., Bardsley N.O., Goodwin R., Holloway G., Nocella G. and Stasi A., 2013. A complex system perspective on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases: integrating economic and ecological aspects. Ecological Economics 90: 124-131.
  27. Goodwin R., Schley D., Lai K., Ceddia M.G. and Cook N., 2012. Interdisciplinary approaches to zoonoctic disease. Infectious Disease Reports 4(e37).
  28. Nkegbe P.K., Shankar B. and Ceddia M.G., 2012. Smallholder adoption of soil and water conservation practices in Northern Ghana. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology 2: 595-605.
  29. Ceddia M.G., 2012. Optimal disease eradication in sympatric metapopulations. Environmental and Resource Economics 52(4): 499-530.
  30. Fenichel E.P., Castillo-Chavez C., Ceddia M.G., Chowell G., Gonzales Parra P.A., Hickling G.J., Holloway G., Horan R., Morin B., Perrings C., Springborn M., Velazquez L. and Villalobos C., 2011. Adaptive human behaviour in epidemiological models. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(15): 6306-6311.
  31. Ceddia M.G., De Lucia C., Bartlett M. and Perrings C, 2011. On the regulation of spatial externalities: coexistence between GM and conventional crops in the EU and the ‘newcomer principle’. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 55(1): 126-143.
  32. Park J.R., McFarlane I., Phipps R. and Ceddia M.G., 2011. The impact of the EU regulatory constraint of transgenic crops on farm income. New Biotechnology 28(4): 396-406.
  33. McFarlane I., Park J.R., Ceddia M.G. and Phipps R.H., 2011. Transgenic soya beans: economic implications for the EU livestock sector. Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Food 3(2): 54-62.
  34. Park J.R., McFarlane I., Phipps R.H. and Ceddia M.G., 2011. The role of transgenic crops in sustainable development. Plant Biotechnology Journal 9(1): 2-21.
  35. Ceddia M.G., Heikkila J. and Peltola J., 2009 Managing invasive alien species with professional and hobby producers: insights from ecological economic modelling. Ecological Economics 68(5): 1366-1374.
  36. Ceddia M.G., Goméz-Barbero M. and Rodríguez-Cerezo E., 2009. An ex-ante analysis of the economic impact of Bt cotton adoption by Spanish farmers facing the EU cotton sector reform. AgBioForum 11(2): 1-11.
  37. Ceddia M.G., Bartlett M. and Perrings C., 2009. Quantifying the effects of buffer zones, crop areas and spatial aggregation on the externalities of genetically modified crops at landscape level. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 129 (1-3): 65-72.
  38. Ceddia M.G., Heikkila J. and Peltola J., 2008. Biosecurity in agriculture: an economic analysis of coexistence of professional and hobby production. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 52: 453-470.
  39. Ceddia M.G., Bartlett M. and Perrings C., 2007. Landscape gene flow, coexistence and threshold effect: the case of Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus). Ecological Modelling 205: 169-180
  40. Areal F., Ceddia M.G. and Pazienza P., 2007. Predicting the impact of the EU CAP reform in England: micro and macroeconomic aspects. Journal of Business Economics and Management 8(4): 237-244.

Book reviews

  1. Ceddia M.G., 2013. Book Review of: Sharing for Survival – Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, Brian Davey (Ed.), FEASTA (Paperback), xii+188, ISBN: 978-0-9540510-2-0. Ecological Economics 90: 206-207.

Monographs and Technical Reports

  1. Ceddia M.G. and Rodríguez-Cerezo E., 2008. A descriptive analysis of conventional, organic and genetically modified crop and seed production in the EU. JRC Scientific Technical Report EUR 23443 – EN.
  2. Ceddia M.G., 2006. Policy analysis for the widespread introduction of genetically modified crops: the case of herbicide tolerant oilseed rape. PhD Thesis, EEEM Department, University of York, York, UK.
  3. Turley D.B., Boatman N.D., Ceddia M.G., Barker G. and Watola G., 2003. Liquid biofuels – prospects and potential impacts on UK agriculture, the farmed environment, landscape and rural economy. Prepared for the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
  4. Turley D.B., Ceddia M.G., Bullard M. and Martin D., 2003. Liquid biofuels – industry support, costs of carbon savings and agricultural implications. Prepared for the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Articles under review or in preparation

  1. Tschopp M., Ceddia M.G., Inguaggiato C. Adoption of sustainable silvopastoral practices in Argentina’s Gran Chaco: a multilevel approach (under review with Ecological Economics).
  2. Ceddia M.G., et al. The ecology of capitalism: lessons from Gran Chaco (under review with People and Nature).
  3. Boillat S, Ceddia M.G., Bottazzi P. Spillover effects of different land tenure regimes on deforestation in Bolivia (under review with PNAS).
  4. Inguaggiato C., Ceddia M.G., Tschopp M., Christopoulos D. Collaborative governance networks: A case study of forest law in Argentina (under review with World Development).
  5. Ceddia M.G., et al. Unpacking the role of agency in the emergence of differentiated environmental institutions: the case of the territorial classification of native forests in the Argentinian Chaco (in preparation).
  6. Tschopp M., Inguaggiato C., Ceddia M.G., Haller T. Alliances, collective action and fragmentation between indigenous and peasant communities in Chaco Salteño: an application of the constitutionality framework (in preparation).
  1. And what is the link between the world’s super-rich and deforestation? Unsurprisingly it’s money. Interview appeared on the BBC show Science in Action, 27th February 2020, available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csym35
  2. Les autochtones au péril du marché. Interview appeared on Le Courrier, 31st July 2020. Available at https://lecourrier.ch/2020/07/31/les-autochtones-au-peril-du-marche/
  3. Schädliche Agrarinvestitionen. Interview appeared on Neues Deutschland, 6th October 2020. Available at https://www.neues-deutschland.de/artikel/1142741.agrarindustrie-schaedliche-agrarinvestitionen.html
  4. A case of IPs land rights. Article appeared on One Earth 1(2), October 2019, available at https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(19)30072-7
  5. To fight deforestation first tackle inequality, study says. Article appeared on Mongabay on 08.02.2019, available at https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/to-fight-deforestation-first-tackle-inequality-study-says/
  6. Mehr Ungleichheit, mehr Abholzung. Article appeared on Science ORF on 25.01.2019, available at https://science.orf.at/stories/2960891/
  7. Neun “Consolidator” Preise der EU an in Ӧsterreich tätige Forscher. Article appeared on Der Standard on 12.02.2016, available at https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000031006501/neun-consolidator-preise-der-eu-an-in-oesterreich-taetige-forscher
  8. Intensievierung der Landwirschaft alleine rettet Regenwald noch nicht. Article appeared on Der Standard on 11.05.2014, available at https://www.derstandard.at/story/1397522603945/intensivierung-der-landwirtschaft-alleine-rettet-regenwald-noch-nicht
  1. Ceddia M.G., Financialization of agriculture as a spatial-fix to overaccumulation. 16th Annual Conference on Historical Materialism, 7-10 November 2019, SOAS, London.
  2. Ceddia M.G., How the super-rich drive cropland expansion in the Global South, via direct investments in agriculture: a dynamic panel data analysis. Invited talk to the Centre for Environmental Economics Montpellier, 24 June 2019, Montpellier, France.
  3. Zepharovich E., Ceddia M.G., Tschopp M. and Rist S., Perceptions of environmental justice in the context of deforestation: the case of the Chaco Salteño. FLARE Annual Meeting, 17-20 October 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  4. Ceddia M.G., Inequality, investment and agricultural expansion in tropical regions: the effect of domestic versus foreign capital. Global Conference in Economic Geography, 24-27 July 2018, Köln, Germany.
  5. Ceddia M.G., Christopoulos D., Hernandez Gonzalez Y. and Zepharovich E., 2016. Governance network topologies and climate change adaptation: the case of flood risk management in Austria. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, 3-16 April 2016, Graz, Austria.
  6. Ceddia M.G., 2016. Deforestation in Latin America: the role of indigenous peoples’ land tenure regimes. Invited talk within the Umweltkolloquium series of the University of Vienna, 15 March 2016, Vienna, Austria.
  7. Ceddia M.G., 2016. Deforestation in Latin America: the role of institutional and economic factors. Invited talk within the IVM Research Colloquium, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 7 March 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  8. Ceddia M.G., 2016. Deforestatin in Latin America: governance and institutions. Invited talk at the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development of the University of Amsterdam, 8 March 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  9. Ceddia M.G., Gunter U. and Corriveau-Bourque A, 2015. Land tenure and agricultural expansion in Latin America: the role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities forests’ rights. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015: linking land tenure and use for shared prosperity. 23-27 March 2015, Washington DC.
  10. Ceddia M.G., 2014. Mainstreaming adaptation into EU’s policies. Invited talk to the Interservice Group Meeting of the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
  11. Ceddia M.G., 2011. Managing animal infectious diseases in sympatric metapopulations. Invited talk to the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, UK.