Gloria Pracucci is currently based in Amsterdam, where she is collaborating with the Agrarian Justice cluster of the Transnational Institute (TNI) as an intern. Her current work primarily focuses on land grab, with the aim of bridging between academic research and policy-influencing activism and mobilisation.
She holds a BA in Political Science and an MSc in International Relations, with a concentration in Development Studies, from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and the University of Pisa, in Italy.
Her research interests and activist commitment have converged upon the bundle of issues which reunite conflicts on natural resources, environmental and agrarian justice and the complexities of development theory and practise.
After having worked on transboundary water management and the impact of large-scale hydropower plants in the Nile River basin, she joined the numerous cohort of scholars inquiring the growing wave of land deals around the world: first under a theoretical, narrative-oriented perspective, then conducting field research on land grab impact on human security in Kenya for her MSc thesis.
Besides actively having contributed to symposia on food security and food sovereignty at her university, as a moderator and a speaker, Gloria has a professional and volunteer background in decentralised cooperation and youth mobilisation. Finally, she has had experiences as teaching assistant, conference organiser, fund-raiser and non-professional translator.
Land grab is rarely challenged through a food security and food sovereignty perspective in research and policy elaboration, in spite of its multifarious impact on both of such key dimensions of human livelihood.read more