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Giulia Simula

Postgraduate Researcher

Giulia Simula is an agrarian and food movement researcher and activist originally from Sardinia, Italy.

She completed her MA at the Institute for Social Studies in the Hague, with a Major in Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies in December 2015. Her thesis looked at the struggle for autonomy of shepherds in Sardinia. She completed her BA in International Relations at Leeds University in the UK.

Giulia’s PhD research interest with the PASTRES project lies in the politics of pastoral markets and the dynamics of agrarian transformation. She strongly supports the struggles of social movements and civil society organisations advocating for food sovereignty and for the right to adequate food and nutrition for all.

After completing her MA, she became engaged in food sovereignty efforts and worked with the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), then from 2017 to 2018 she worked for the Italian NGO Crocevia that, among other things, serves as the secretariat of the International Planning Committee (IPC) for Food Sovereignty. She also worked with the secretariat of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for relations with the UN Committee of World Food Security. In all her experiences, she worked to facilitate the participation of small-scale food producers in policy processes.



PASTRES: Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such 'lessons from the margins' to global challenges.



Journal Article

COVID-19 and Pastoralism: Reflections from Three Continents

The Journal Peasant Studies;

Focusing on pastoralism, this article reflects on five diverse cases across Africa, Asia and Europe and asks: how have COVID-19 disease control measures affected mobility and production practices, marketing opportunities, land control, labour relations, local community support and...

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Giulia Simula & 5 others

10 November 2020


Fifty Years of Research on Pastoralism and Development

IDS Bulletin 51.1A

This archive IDS Bulletin reflects on 50 years of research on pastoralism at IDS. Much has changed, but there are also important continuities. The ‘end of pastoralism’ was proclaimed widely in the 1970s, yet, as a successful, resilient livelihood adapted to some of the harshest...

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Ian Scoones & 9 others

27 May 2020

Giulia Simula’s recent work