Giovanni Signorello

Professor of Agricultural economics and rural appraisal [AGR/01]
Office: Via S. Sofia, 98 - Corpo gradonato, 4° piano
Phone: 095 7580320
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 to 13:00


Giovanni Signorello is a full professor at the University of Catania where is engaged in research and teaching in environmental and natural resource economics.He joined the faculty of University of Catania in 1994 as a researcher. His research enphasizes valuation of nonmarket environmental services and goods, natural resource damage assessment, economics and managment of protrcted areas, He has published many papers in refereed journals. Currently he is serving as Director of the Cutgana, a research center of the University of Catanua devoted to conservation and management of naturall and agriculturall ecosystems, and as scientfic coordinators of the Environmental Valuation Laboratory (Envalab), a research unit dedicated to enhancing and implementing methods to assign an economic value to ennvironmental and cultural heritage assets.

Courses taught in the University of Catania in the academic year 2019-2020:

  • Valuing natural capital and ecosystems services
  • Economics and management of protected areas

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Update to May 11, 2020

Since 2002 Full Professor at the University of Catania (Italy) where he teaches "Valuing capital natural and ecosystem services".

He also is director of the University Center for the Conservation and Management of Environmental Resources and Agroecosystems (CUTGANA), and scientific coordinator of the Environmental Valuation Laboratory (ENVALAB), 

He is member of the: Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE); European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EARE); International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE); Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP); Società Italiana di Economia Agraria (SIDEA e del Centro Studi Silvia Santagata (CSS-EBLA).. He is also member of the scientifc committee of the Centro Studi di Estimo e di Economia Territoriale (CeSET), and member of the Advisory Board of CISAS “Centro Internazionale di Studi Avanzati su Ambiente, ecosistema e Salute umana”. He is joining international network  Efimed, Ecosystem Commons, e Valuing Nature.  From 2019 he is Member of  the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (from 2019)

Most of his research focuses on methods for measuring individual’s preferences for nonmarket goods (travel cost, hedonic price, contingent valuation, choice experiments, and benefit transfer approaches). Other research interests include economics of protected area, social benefit-cost analysis, natural resource damage assessment, economics of ecosystems and biodiversity; economics of landscape; land use and global climate change; green accounting; economics of natural disaster; real estate appraisal. 

National Research Quality Assessment (VQR):

VQR 2004-2010: 2,6 out of 3

VQR 2010-2014: 1,7 out of 2






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Choice experiments and contingent valuation method; recreation demand systems models; valuation and GIS map of ecosystems service; valuation of benefits from restoring Mediterranean wetlands and polluted lands; meta-analysis of the recreational value of ecosystems in Italy; design of efficient payments for ecosystem services; valuation of benefits of preserving endangered indigenous livestock breeds; assessment forest externalities in decision making tools; conservation and biodiversity banking; public benefits of water resources; costs of natural disasters; impacts of climate change on agriculture and ecosystems; equivalence analysis and natural resource damage assessment; real estate appraisal; land market studies; usig biddata in environmental economics and non-market valuation; 

Director of research center “Centro di ricerca universitario per la tutela e gestione degli ambienti naturali e degli agroecosistemi”(Cutgana), University of Catania; scienfiic coordiantor of the Environmental Valuation Laboratory (Envalab), University of Catania; member of the Wordl Commission on Protected Areas of IUCN