Andrea Gatto

Presidente - President




President of the Center for Economic Development & Social Change and editor-in-chief of the Journal “Sviluppo, Sostenibilità, Innovazione Sociale”. He is Co-editor-in-chief of the Annals of International Development and Lecturer and Course Leader at the NCH at Northeastern University, where he teaches Economic Development, International Development, and Research Design and Data Collection.


Andrea is Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Resource/Environmental Economics at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), Greenwich University. He works for the UKRI-funded Diverseafood project on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, as part of sustainable and resilient food systems. The project is Scotland-based and partners the SAMS, Manchester University, and New Castle University.


Andrea got publication records in international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Environmental Management and the Journal of International Development. An economic and business consultant, he has worked in ten countries worldwide, including appointments for the European Commission, California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly), and CREATES – Aarhus University. He is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Portuguese, and speaks some Spanish.




PhD/European Doctorate in Economics, Statistics & Sustainability
MA in Development Economics (Master di II livello, Postgraduate)
European Master in EU Studies
MSc in Economics (Summa Cum Laude – Laurea Magistalis 110/110, lode, menzione, pubblicazione)
BSc in Economics & Law



Research / Scholarly Interests:


  • Development Economics and Sustainability Studies;
  • Agriculture and Energy Policy and Regulation;
  • Composite Indicators;
  • Business Cycles Analysis;
  • Vulnerability and Resilience;
  • Long-run Economic History and Archival Research;
  • Microfinance;
  • Fieldwork.



Selected publications:


  • Agovino M, Cerciello M, Gatto A. Policy Efficiency in the Field of Food Sustainability. The Adjusted Food Agriculture and Nutrition Index. Journal of Environmental Management, 2018.


  • Gatto A. Historical roots of microcredit and usury: The role of Monti di Pietà in Italy and in the Kingdom of Naples in XV-XX centuries. Journal of International Development, 2018.


  • Drago C, Gatto A. A robust approach to composite indicators exploiting interval data: The Interval-valued Global Gender Gap Index (IGGGI). Advances in Gender and Culture Studies in Business and Economics. 4th IPAZIA Workshop on Gender Issues, 2018, Rome, Italy, Springer Nature. Peer-review presented at Ipazia 2018 Conference.


  • Gatto A, Polselli N, Bloom G., Empowering Gender Equality through Rural Development: Rural Markets and Micro-Finance in Kyrgyzstan. 2015: L’Europa e la Comunità Internazionale Difronte alle Sfide dello Sviluppo. Giannini, 2016 (ISBN: 978 88 7431 8629).


  • Sadik-Zada, R. E., Gatto A. Determinants of the Public Debt and the Role of Natural Resources: A Cross-Country Analysis. (March 08, 2019). Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Working Papers, Berkeley Press. Paper 1263. ISSN: