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Alessandra is particularly motivated to contribute to the evidence-base for a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. 

She received her master degree in International Health, Human Nutrition (MSPH) from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Throughout her studies, she developed a wide interest in understanding the links between food, health, and the environment. During and after her studies, she spent time in East Africa where she supported diverse projects working towards improving maternal and child health, nutrition, and food security. As a U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security, she spent five months in Busia, Kenya to explore attitudes, knowledge, and practices of the incorporation of locally available fruits and vegetables in home and school gardens for food and nutrition. She later worked for an Ethiopian-based consultancy firm in Addis Ababa, where she focused on monitoring and evaluation of projects across the development sector.

Currently, Alessandra brings her interest and research expertise together as a PhD candidate in Nutrition and Health in the department of Health Sciences at the VU. The aim of her research is to better understand factors influencing sustainable food consumption behavior and to assess the environmental impact of dietary changes. Her research is embedded within two European-wide projects: MooDFOOD (Multi-Country Collaborative Project on the Role of Diet, Food-Related Behaviour and Obesity in the Prevention of Depression) and PROMISS (PRevention of Malnutrition in Senior Subjects in the EU).

When she is not working, you can find her volunteering at an urban garden, cooking, or on a bike exploring the Netherlands.

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