Project Professor

FONTE, Maria Caterina

Current Position

Adjunct professor at the American University of Rome (AUR), Master in Food Studies

Research Activities and Interests

My research activities are focused on agriculture, agro-food systems and rural development, especially in industrial and post-industrial economies. My interests range from agricultural labor markets, structure of agriculture, agricultural and rural development policies to the study of the agro-biotechnological revolution and the ‘turn to quality’ in agriculture since the 1990s. More recent topics of research are: the role of local knowledge in agriculture and rural development, territorial policies of rural development, models of food consumption, civic food networks and local food.

Courses Taught:

Specificity of agriculture in capitalist development (undergraduate)
The structure of agriculture and the debate on the persistence of family farm (undergraduate)
The evolution of Italian agriculture (undergraduate)
The evolution of European Common Agriculture Policy (undergraduate) The political economy of application of biotechnology to agriculture (undergraduate)
Intellectual property rights, agriculture and agro-biotechnology (undergraduate)
Agro-food systems in industrial and post-industrial societies (undergraduate)
The role of WTO in trade liberalization (undergraduate)
Territorial approach to rural development (postgraduate)
Development, Transitions and Social practices in the analysis of food systems (postgraduate)
Food, Rurality and Rural Development (postgraduate)


1973 Graduated in Humanieties (Laurea in Lettere e Filosofia) at the University of Naples Federico II cum laude