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 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), The Malawi Polytechnic, University of Malawi
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

Education:

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

Awards:

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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