Dr Maria José Plana Casado is Assistant Professor in the LAW group at Wageningen University (WUR, the Netherlands) and was previously a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Bioethics & Law Observatory (OBD) of the University of Barcelona (UB, Spain).
At WUR, she is the coordinator of the Comparative Food Law Course and Lecturer of the Food Law Course, organised by the Law Group. She is also a research member of the OBD, and co-director of the University of Barcelona's Master in Food Ethics & Law (MAED).
She holds a Phd in Law & Politcal Science from the University of Barcelona and has conducted research visits at internationally renowned institutions such as Harvard's Food Law & Policy Clinic (Boston, MA), the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) and the CIRSFID (Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca in Storia del Diritto, Filosofia e Sociologia del Diritto e Informatica Giuridica dell'Università di Bologna, in Italy).
Her research revolves around Food, Drugs and Biotechnology legislation. Using a holistic approach, her research encompasses relevant underlying issues such as digital technologies (i.e. e-commerce and big data), ethics in public procurement (i.e. sustainability in school lunch programs), and food waste and taxation.