Emily Caruso


Emily Caruso has been with GDF since 2012. She has been Director since 2018, a role she now shares with Nessie Reid. With a background in Biology (BA, Oxford University) and Anthropology (MA, University of Cambridge), she carried out ethnographic research in Peruvian Amazonia between 2007 and 2009 (PhD, University of Kent). Social and environmental justice are at the heart of her work, and she has collaborated with non-profits in these fields since 2002.


Emily lives in rural Central Italy. She is training as a community herbalist and enjoys growing medicinal plants and transforming them into healing remedies. She is active in local community-building, educational and environmental initiatives, contributing to the agroecological transition and to the reweaving of healthy relationships between humans and ecosystems.