Dr Eleonora Morganti is a University Academic Fellow in Food Consumption, Distribution, and Sustainability, sharing her work between the School of Food Science and the Institute for Transport Studies. The food supply and transport sector represents her main field of study, comparing different distribution systems and Food Hubs in urban areas in Europe and the Americas. Her research focuses on the last mile for food and the effects of new consumption and purchasing habits on the urban freight system, looking at e-commerce deliveries and logistics services for independent food shops.
Prior to moving to England, she worked at the Ecole des Ponts and at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development, and Networks (IFSTTAR) in France, where she examined policies related to low-carbon transport and strategies to foster the adoption of electric vans on last-mile deliveries. Moreover, she conducted research on alternatives to home deliveries to reduce economic and environmental costs related to e-commerce deliveries in dense areas.
Dr Morganti was a visiting scholar at the University of Santa Cruz, California (USA), and at the University of Pisa, Italy. Over the years she collaborated with different institutions, such as the Renault Institute of Sustainable Mobility and the Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF).
Dr Morganti is part of the Urban Food Observatory at Global Food and Environment Institute at the University of Leeds.