Dr Grazia Pacillo is a Senior Fellow (Non-Resident) at UNU-CPR and a senior economist and evaluator with more than 15 years of experience in research on the resilience, sustainability, and transformation of food and agricultural systems, considering interconnected global and regional challenges, primarily the climate security crisis.
She co-leads the CGIAR FOCUS Climate Security research area and the climate security agenda in the ONE CGIAR Climate Resilience and Livestock and Climate initiatives; and manages multiple projects that combine conventional and unconventional mixed method approaches to qualify and quantify the climate security nexus in Africa, Latin America, and South-East Asia.
Dr Pacillo’s current research interest lies in evaluating the role of climate as a ‘threat multiplier’ that exacerbates existing risks and insecurities, such as food and nutrition insecurity, poverty, forced migration, gender, and other structural inequalities, which in turn, can affect peace and stability worldwide.
Previously, she managed the Impact Assessment and M&E team in the International Center For Tropical Agriculture in Asia and worked with several humanitarian, development, and research actors, including IFAD, DFID, ODI, and Save the Children.
Dr Pacillo holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex (UK), as well as a Master of Science degree in the Economics and Politics of European Integration (summa cum laude) and a Bachelor of Science degree in International and Diplomatic Science (summa cum laude), both from the University of Bologna (Italy).
- Agriculture and rural development
- Transformative adaptation