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Dr Diego Naziri

Market and Trade Economist
Advanced University Degree (BSc/MSc), PhD
Food and Markets Department
Natural Resources Institute

Biography

Dr Diego Naziri joined the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich in November 2010. In 2009-2010, Dr Naziri was a postdoctoral fellow at the French Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) and at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) based in Vietnam, working on the role of collective action in ensuring food safety in vegetable production. He obtained his Advanced University Degree (BSc/MSc) in "Agricultural Sciences" from the University of Turin (Italy) in 2001 and the PhD in "Cooperation for Sustainable Development" from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome (Italy) in 2006. During the PhD, partially conducted at the Argentinean National Foreign Trade Commission (CNCE), he focused on the assessment of EU tariff and non-tariff trade barriers for fishery products and on the analysis of the likely impact of the institution of an EU-Mercosur Free Trade Area on the trade flows of these products. In 2006-2008 he worked as a research rellow at the Instituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare (IAO), the technical-scientific branch of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for agriculture and rural development cooperation carrying out applied economics research in relation to improving the value-chain and market competitiveness of durum wheat grown in the highlands of Ethiopia.

Research/Scholarly Interests

Dr Naziri has over 10 years experience in agricultural market and value chain analyses, adoption and impact studies, international commodity trade, trade policy analysis, participatory approaches, qualitative and quantitative surveys, data collection and analysis, teaching and training.

Key qualifications:

  1. Planning and conduct of applied socio-economic research in the agri-food and rural development sectors of developing countries, including market research, adoption and impact studies and value chain analysis
  2. Familiarity with main issues at domestic, regional and international trade markets and enabling environment for SMEs development in developing countries
  3. Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and participatory methodologies applied to agricultural research planning, monitoring and evaluation
  4. International trade of agri-food products and trade related policies
  5. Trade related SPS issues and implications of public and private standards
  6. Tariff and non-tariff trade barriers and impact of the liberalisation process in developing economies
  7. Survey data analysis and database management
  8. On farm conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity
  9. Agronomy

Dr Naziri has country experience in Africa and Latin America, and long-term experience in Vietnam.

Current and Previous Funded Research Projects

Principal Investigator for the Commodity Based Trade (CBT) component of the DFID-funded SPS and Trade project (ASEC). The work on CBT aimed at assessing the potential impact on market access opportunities for beef exporters in the developing world of a radical change in international standards for animal health (foot and mouth disease in particular). The pilot study has been carried out in the communal areas of Namibia. The results were disseminated to private stakeholders, researchers, and policy makers in a series of workshop (STDF, COMESA, ILRI, Meat Board of Namibia) and a paper has been submitted to the Development Policy Review and will be published soon.

Responsibilities within the University

  • Research, consultancy and teaching

Selected Publications

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Naziri, D., An economic assessment of the potential of commodity-based trade in communal areas of Namibia, 130th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) "Did Agricultural Economics Disappoint? Empirical Applications on Governance of Food and Fibre Value chains", Uppsala (Sweden), 31 August-1 September 2012.
  • Naziri, D., An economic assessment of the potential of commodity-based trade in communal areas of Namibia, Commodity Based Trade (CBT) Policy Dialogue, COMESA, Lusaka (Zambia), 12 April 2012.
  • Aubert M., & Naziri D., Estimating the impact of small-scale farmers' collective action on food safety: The case of vegetables in Vietnam, 4th Conference on Social Science Research organized by the French Society of Rural Economy (SFER), Rennes (France), 9-10 December 2010.

External Recognition

  • Member of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).
  • Member of Italian Association of Agronomists (Turin, Italy).
  • Member of the academic network of the international event Terra Madre organized by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

Contact Information

Dr Diego Naziri

Natural Resources Institute

University of Greenwich

Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0)1634 883069

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