The data revolution – characterised by the transition to big data, open data and new digital data infrastructures  – is projected to make an astonishing 44 billion terabytes of digital data and information available by the end of 2020 . Despite this plethora of information now available to us, about 1 billion people in 140 countries still feel insecure about their land and property rights .
Marcello De Maria is a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development - University of Reading.
In 2019, he defended his PhD thesis titled 'Essays on the Economics of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions' and joined the TRADE Hub project (http://tradehub.earth/), where he is focusing on policy and institutional solutions for sustainable trade for a number of agricultural commodities - including soybean.
He worked for a decade as freelance researcher and data analyst with a variety of NGOs, research institutes, national and international organisations - including the Italian National Institute of Agricultural Economics (ex-INEA, now CREA), Transparency International, The Global Donor Platform on Land, GIZ and the Land Portal. His research focuses on different aspects of land justice (and injustice), ranging from trade and environmental economics, to land tenure and transparency in land information (eco)systems, ultimately looking at concrete solutions for the promotion of a more sustainable and just governance of land and other natural resources.
Research interests: Sustainable trade; Agricultural commodities; Large-scale land acquisitions; Land tenure; Land governance; Institutions; Property rights; Fair compensation; Land justice; Open land data; Transparency & anticorruption.