Giulio Castelli. I am an environmental engineer, currently working on multiple research projects in East Africa, Central and South America. I hold a PhD in Sustainable Management of Agricultural Forestry and Food Resources, from the University of Florence (2018). During my PhD, I focused on water harvesting, water resources management and participatory approaches in international development. Alongside my PhD, I worked for the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in Sudan.

I am currently appointed as Research Fellow in Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protection at the University of Florence Water Harvesting Lab.

Research projects (as Principal Investigator):

Agreement for research activities Watershed characterisation and identification of best siting for water harvesting (WH) structures to restore ecosystems funded by The International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA). Feb – Sep 2021

Current Positions:

From 06.12.2021 – Editorial Board member, All Earth
From 19.04.2021 – Committee Member, International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance
From 01.09.2020 – Research Fellow in Agricultural Hydraulics and Watershed Protection, Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Florence
From 14.12.2020 – Editor, Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development (JAEID)
From 14.04.2020 – PhD Co-supervisor, PhD in Engineering (Infrastructure Development), Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences
From 01.09.2017 – Member and co-founder, Water Harvesting Lab

Previous Positions:

2018-2020 – PostDoc. Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Florence
2019-2020 – Lecturer. Training course for the Department of Rural Development of Myanmar: Water Management in arid and semi-arid areas (60 h, first edition 2019, second edition 2020), in the framework of GREAT (Economic, Environmental and Territory Resources Management) Project (AID no. 10942) – Funding Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, AICS). Terres des Hommes Italia NGO, Myanmar. Teaching activity in English
2019 – Assistant Lecturer (Supporto alla Didattica). Course in Appropriate Environmental Technologies for Resources-limited Countries (3 ECTS, 33 h). University of Brescia, Italy. Teaching activity in English
2017-2019 – Consultant, ARS Progetti SPA. Master Planning Consultant Mezyad Desert, Al Ain – Jebel Hafit UNESCO Heritage Site, United Arab Emirites
2017-2019 – Consultant. The World Bank, Italy – Burundi and Rwanda
2015-2016 – Water Sector Coordinator. AICS – Italian Development Cooperation Agency, Office of Khartoum, Sudan


2018, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with Honors. Sustainable Management of Agricultural Forestry and Food Resources, specialisation Agricultural and Forest Engineering. University of Florence, Italy.
2014, MSc in Environmental Engineering 110/110 cum laude. University of Florence, Italy


2021. “Premio 2020 del Tavolo Nazionale dei Contratti di Fiume” – Award of the National Working Table for River Basin Contracts – National
2019. Roland Schlich Travel Support award for EGU 2019. European Geosciences Union (EGU) – International
2018. Honorary Mention – Prize Evaristo “Ivo” Ricchetti 2018 for young researchers – XIII Meeting of the Hydrogeology and IT-Geosciences sections of the Italian Society of Geosciences – National
2017. PhD student award “Adriano Guarnieri” XI International AIIA Conference “Biosystems Engineering addressing the human challenges of the 21st Century” – Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering – National
2014. Thesis Award “CeTAmb LAB” 2014, 1st Prize. Special Section “Water as Common Good: Appropriate Technologies for the province of Brescia and International Cooperation”. Università degli Studi di Brescia – National

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