Marco Della Gala joined the CCRI from the University of Calabria on 1 June 2016 to work on a ‘training-through-research project’ funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions – individual fellowship (call 2015).
The project is called called SOFIA, through which Marco will be working towards creating ICT based tools, in particular mobile applications, to help people access local food, a topic very close to the heart of the CCRI. The project runs for 20 months.
As the use of mobile devices continues to grow, mobile applications have become an incredibly effective way of providing information and resources to a wide audience. Through a multi-case study analysis of local food systems and rural areas and a web review of ICT tools for Alternative Agro Food Networks (AAFNs), Marco will be aiming to create, design and develop a mobile application to support the context awareness and information/knowledge exchange among farmers and consumers adhering to AAFNs. Moreover, it will endeavor to create innovative, facilitatory and safe cooperative communication environments and to foster intellectual, social and relational capital flows among AAFNs’ partners. Marco will be working with Matt Reed, James Kirwan and Rob Berry on the projec.
Marco’s background is in management engineering, in which he graduated from the University of Calabria, Italy, in 2004. He also gained a Masters in knowledge engineering in 2006. Since then, he has collaborated with companies in the ICT and agro-food sectors carrying out processes and functionalities analysis, designing informative systems and databases, and designing and developing mobile applications. His latest research interests lie in mobile technologies and AAFNs, by studying the impact of mobile applications and mobiquitous services in augmenting learning opportunities for actors engaged in AAFN.
Marco is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Calabria. His research project is titled “Business models and ICT services to support the development of agro-food and touristic sustainable local systems”.
Marco Della Gala’s recent activities
We are delighted to announce that CCRI’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Marco Della Gala successfully defended his PhD thesis on 9th May 2018
Media coverage relating to the Sofia food app ‘MiLarder’
For the last two years, researchers from the Countryside and Community Research Institute, at the University of Gloucestershire, have been working with Marco Della Gala from the University of Calabria to develop a local food app, which was launched on 22nd February 2018. This free Smartphone app is available to download for free from iOS and Android app stores.
Matt Reed was interviewed on the Kate Clark BBC Radio Gloucestershire programme yesterday (25th February) about the newly launched local food app, ‘MiLarder’.
CCRI researchers have launched a Smartphone app to help people source local food. The app is called ‘MiLarder’ and can be downloaded for free from iOS and Android app stores.
We will be setting up stalls at the Cheltenham and Cirencester farmers’ markets (on 10th and 11th November respectively) to give short talks and chat with members of the public about our latest food and farming research and how it affects the products we buy. These are free events as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.
CCRI’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Marco Della Gala, will be in Vicenza, Italy, between 18th to 20th September to participate in PRO-VE2017 – 18th Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises.
Some abstracts of the CCRI presentations are now available for the XXVIIth ESRS Conference, which took place in Krakow, Poland, from 24th to 27th July.
A CCRI team is travelling to the historic city of Krakow, Poland, this weekend for the XXVIIth ESRS Conference, which take place from 24th to 27th July.
Marco Della Gala is currently in Brussels, representing the EU Sofia project at the TRADEIT and Trafoon Networks joint closing conference, entitled ‘Open to Innovation: Networks for the sustainability of Traditional Food Sector in Europe’ that aims to share a vision for the future development of the SME food sector in Europe.
The CCRI was well represented at the 2016 RGS-IBG Annual Conference, this year’s theme being ‘nexus thinking’, an approach that aims to address the interdependencies, tensions and trade-offs between different environmental and social domains.
The CCRI welcomes today Marco Della Gala from the University of Calabria, who will be working in the CCRI for 20 months on a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship. Through an EU Horizon 2020 funded project called SOFIA, Marco will be creating ICT based tools, in particular mobile applications, to help people access local food.