Simone Passarelli

Simone Passarelli is a postdoctoral fellow in the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, where she focuses on planetary health and global nutrition. She has been engaged in research related to agriculture, nutrition, and food security in Africa for more than nine years. Prior to receiving her PhD in Population Health Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School, concentrating in Public Health Nutrition, Simone earned an undergraduate degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts University Friedman School. After completing her Master’s, Simone worked as a Senior Research Assistant for the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., where she investigated women’s empowerment in agriculture and the role of water systems in promoting nutrition and health in Africa. She has worked with international NGOs including Care International, Action Against Hunger (ACF), and the World Food Programme, and has conducted research in India, Ghana, Tanzania, Nepal, and Ethiopia. Her current work centers on the connections between agricultural systems, diet quality, environmental health risks, and maternal and child nutritional status using both quantitative and qualitative methods.