Anna Russo Spena

Anna Russo Spena is a PhD candidate at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), Department of Agricultural Sciences, where she is enrolled in the “Sustainable agricultural and forestry systems and food security” doctoral program. Anna has got a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Forestry and Environmental Sciences (University of Naples Federico II, Italy) and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science and Technology (University of Naples Federico II, Italy).

Her current research interests are related to defining new models of agroecological transition in agribusiness and rural areas and to analyzing the role of digitalization in agricultural practices and their influence in several types of ecosystems. She also dealt with the topic of the social and economic aspects linked to the Slow Food movement.




Dept. of Agricultural Sciences
Via Università 96 – 80055 Portici, Naples, Italy

Tel. +39 392 5532870

PhD research project

This PhD project aims to explore transition mechanisms in agribusiness and rural areas, with a focus on agroecological transition. The research project takes an innovation ecosystem approach to explore key elements of transition, focusing on the role of digitization in influencing agricultural practices, knowledge systems, and sustainable innovation. Through empirical analyses of anchor environments, the research seeks to excavate, on the one hand, how local contexts influence the knowledge ecosystem and its transition to digitization. On the other hand, it aims to highlight how the knowledge ecosystem and relevant knowledge anchoring mechanisms prevent technological pathways that could increase inequalities in the rural world.