Elena De Petrillo (She/Her)

PhD Candidate, Politecnico di Torino
  • Italy

About Elena De Petrillo

I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Environmental, Land and Infrastructure Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin. My research focuses on the water-food nexus, currently from two main perspectives:

(i) improving the applicability of virtual water trade assessment as a tool for sustainable and equitable international water management, framing the transformative changes needed by the public and private sectors;

(ii) better understanding land-water interactions and coupling different types of global water teleconnections to assess to resilience of ecological and social systems related to food production.


I have always been interested in science and nature, in particular I love water. But my interests also extend to history and geopolitics, so I have found in the water-food nexus and the weaving of virtual water trade a deep interest, at the intersection of (eco)hydrology, geopolitics and social rights.

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