Dipartimento di Scienze Agro Ambientali e Territoriali (DiSAAT)
University of Bari
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Current Research interests

  • Eco-labelling, environmental liability, costumers’ preferences
  • Analysis of farmers’ preferences towards irrigation water markets
  • Economics of wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture
  • Governance of common-pool resources such as groundwater
  • Economics of agricultural residue as biomass feedstock

Within agricultural economics and policy, Giacomo’s analysis focuses on farmer’s behaviour. Particular research interests include the analysis of farmers’ preferences for Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) changes and irrigation water market. The interest in governance issue of common-pool resources has also attracted his attention. He has an international reputation with good experience in European research projects. He is routinely working both in Spain and Italy.


PhD/Doctorate in Management of Innovation in the Agriculture and Food systems of the Mediterranean Region, University of Foggia, Foggia (Italy)
Degree in Agricultural Sciences and Technology, University of Bari (Italy).

Currently research projects

  • AGL2014-53417-R “Evaluación de la política de modernización de regadíos en un contexto de cambio climático: Análisis del presente y escenarios de futuro de cuencas del sur de España” (2015-2018)

Previous research projects

  • STAR*AgroEnergy-Scientific & Technological Advancement in Research on Agro-Energy: an integrated approach to renewable energy generation according to sustainability criteria. European Commission Regpot 2011-1. Grant Agreement N° 286269 (FP7)
  • “Acqua ed Economia” Basin Authority of Apulia, P.O. Fesr 2007-2013. (2013-2015)
  • “Irrigazione in emergenza e salinizzazione della falda” Basin Authority of Apulia, P.O. Fesr 2007-2013. (2013-2015)
  • Water market Scenarios for Southern Europe, new solutions to shortages and drought. European Commission Water Cap Trade project EUI2009-04151(2011-2013)
  • Assessing the multiple impacts of the Common Agriculture policies (CAP) on rural economies. European Commission CAP-IRE Project, FP7-SSH-2007-1(2008-2010)
  • Investment behaviour in conventional and emerging farming systems under different policy scenarios. European Commission IPTS CONTRACT 151247-2008 A08-IT (2009)
  • Evaluation of measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy to the olive sector. European Commission- DG Agriculture CONTRACT No 30-CE-0219431/00-19 (2009)
  • “Il recepimento della direttiva quadro sulle acque (60/2000) in agricoltura”. PRIN 2008 National program of project research, Ministry of University and Research –Italy (2009-2012)

Peer-reviewed publications

Berbel, J., Montilla-López, N.M. and Giannoccaro, G. (2020). Institutions and economics of water scarcity and droughts, Water 12(11):3248 doi:10.3390/w12113248

Berbel, J., Borrego-Marín, M.M., Expósito, A., Giannoccaro G., Montilla-López N.M., Roseta-Palma C. (2019). Analysis of irrigation water tariffs and taxes in Europe, Water Policy 21(4):806-825 doi:10.2166/wp.2019.197

Zingaro, D., Portoghese, I. and Giannoccaro, G. (2017). Modelling Crop Pattern Changes and Water Resources Exploitation: A Case Study, Water 9(9):685. doi:10.3390/w9090685

Giannoccaro, G., Scardigno, A. and Prosperi, M. (2017). Economic analysis of the long-term effects of groundwater salinity: bringing the farmer’s perspectives into policy, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences 14(1):59-72. doi:10.1080/1943815X.2017.1351993

Arborea, S., Giannoccaro, G., de Gennaro, B., Iacobellis, V. and Piccinni, A. (2017). Cost–Benefit Analysis of Wastewater Reuse in Puglia, Southern Italy, Water 9(3):175. doi:10.3390/w9030175

Scaringelli, M.A. Giannoccaro, G., Prosperi, M. and Lopolito, A. (2016). Adoption of biodegradable mulching films in agriculture: is there a negative prejudice towards materials derived from organic wastes? Italian Journal of Agronomy 11(2). doi:10.4081/ija.2016.716

Giannoccaro, G., Castillo, M. and Berbel, J. (2016). Factors influencing farmers’ willingness to participate in water allocation trading. A case study in southern Spain. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 14(1) March. doi:10.4081/ija.2016.716

Giannoccaro, G., Vicecchia, R. and De Gennaro, B.C. (2015). Influence of the CAP reform on livestock. Outlook for selected European regions by 2020. Outlook on Agriculture 44(4): 303-308. doi:10.5367/oa.2015.0218

Giannoccaro, G., Castillo, M. and Berbel, J. (2015). An assessment of farmers’ willingness to participate in water trading in southern Spain. Water Policy 17(3): 520–537. doi:10.2166/wp.2014.092

2014 and previous
De Meo, E., Lopolito, A., Prosperi, M., Giannoccaro, G. and Ciccone, R.A. (2014). How to promote community social acceptance of solid biomass in Europe? Identifying firms’ best practices. Economics Bulletin 34(4): 2080-2092.

Giannoccaro, G. and Berbel, J. (2014). Farmers’ stated responses towards chemical use under the CAP liberalization. Agricultural Economics-Czech 60(1): 9-20.

Giannoccaro G., Pedraza V. and Berbel J. (2013): Analysis of stakeholders’ attitudes towards water markets in Southern Spain. Water 5(4): 1517-1532. doi:10.3390/w5041517

Berbel, J., Pedraza, V. and Giannoccaro, G. (2013). The trajectory towards basin closure of a European river: Guadalquivir. International Journal of River Basin Management 11(1): 111-119. doi:10.1080/15715124.2013.768625

Giannoccaro, G.and Berbel, J. (2013): Farmers’ stated preference analysis towards resources use under alternative policy scenarios. Land Use Policy 31(2): 145-155. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.12.013

Giannoccaro, G. and Berbel, J. (2011). Influence of the Common Agricultural Policy on the farmer’s intended decision on water use. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research 9(4): 1021-1034. doi:10.5424/sjar/20110904-535-10

Martín-Ortega, J., Giannoccaro, G. and Berbel, J. (2011). Environmental and resource costs under water scarcity conditions: an estimation in the context of the European Water Framework Directive. Water Resources Management 25(6): 1615–1633. doi:10.1007/s11269-010-9764-z

Giannoccaro, G., Prosperi, M. Zanni, G. (2011). Economic effects of legislative framework changes in groundwater use rights for irrigation. Water 3(3): 906-922; doi:10.3390/w3030906

Giannoccaro G., Prosperi M., Zanni G. (2010). Assessing the impact of alternative water pricing schemes on income distribution. Journal of Agricultural Economics 61(3): 527–544. doi:10.1111/j.1477-9552.2010.00252.x