Silvia Paolini is a founding member of the AiCARE network (Italian Agency for the Countryside and for Responsible and Ethical Agriculture) and director of the Center for Agroecology and Social Agriculture (CA.SA).
As an agronomist and organic farmer, she has extensive experience in multifunctional, social and civic agriculture; care farming; agroecology and circular economy; local food systems and short food supply chains; and socio-economic analysis and promotion of in-farm direct sales. In her various roles as designer and market analyst, blog editor, and science communicator, Silvia Paolini's work has focused on the interface, links and interconnections between the urban and rural; and on the ways by which the average Italian farm can become sustainable in an environmental, social and economic sense. She has served as consultant for Campagna Amica Foundation and for Agro Camera (the Agency of the Rome Chamber of Commerce managing agricultural commodity exchanges).
Professor Paolini has published several articles and reports in the areas of applied ethics and urban agriculture.
- Paolini S. and Pommella L. (2015) Participatory planning evidence in urban rural fringe: can farms have a new role in enhancing quality of life in the outskirts of Rome? Second International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society - Reconnecting Agriculture and Food Chains to Societal Needs - 14-17 September 2015. Rome Italy, Proceedings of the Conference, ISBN 987-88-9089-603-3. Rome (Italy).
- Di Iacovo F., Galasso A., Moruzzo R., Paolini S., Scarpellini P. (2015). Social franchising and social farming for promoting the co-production of knowledge and values: the IBF case. Second International Conference on Agriculture in an Urbanizing Society - Reconnecting Agriculture and Food Chains to Societal Needs - 14-17 September 2015, Proceedings of the Conference, ISBN 987-88-9089-603-3. Rome (Italy).