Francesca Greco
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Research interests (short)

Testing the relevance of exports of food commodities from arid countries using non renewable water sources to the benefit of the global consumer’s market.

Member of the Environment, Politics and Development research group.

Biographical details

Francesca Greco  served as programme officer at the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme – UN WWAP UNESCO from 2011 to 2017, where she acted as gender focal point and as person in charge of regional monitoring process.Member of the London Water Research Group since 2003,she has been conducting research on water policy,groundwater aquifers and food exports in the Middle East and Africa since 2002. She served as a United Nations’ Volunteer at the UNESCO cluster office of Accra( Ghana) from 2005 to 2006.She counts on more than 12 years experience in water policy,gender issues, project management,water assessment monitoring and reporting, serving UNESCO,FAO and various NGOs, actively contributing to academic research in Europe ( COST EuroAgri-WAT) and in the US( MIT-Boston- CUAHSI).She has been working for WWF in Italy  and she is the scientific advisor and co-author of the WWF report “The Water Footprint of Italy”.Co-author and co-editor of the volume”The Water We Eat”, she  is currently  a PhD candidate at King’s College London with  professor Tony Allan, with whom she also awarded a Master Degree in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2004.She is currently investigating about  the virtual water exports from  Italian arid zones and about the environmental sustainabilit of  “made in Italy” food-products. Twitter:@francescagreco

Research interests

Virtual Water, Water Footprint, Groundwater , Aquifers, Transboundary Water, Food-trade, Political Economy,  Historical-Geographical Materialism, Hydro Hegemony, Hegemony, Counter-Hegemony,Virtual Water Hegemons

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Development Studies, SOAS University of London

1 Sept 20031 Sept 2004

Award Date: 1 Sept 2004

External positions

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme - UN WWAP UNESCO Programme Officer

2011 → …


  • JZ International relations
  • water policy
  • water politics
  • gender
  • development
  • Economics
  • Political economy


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