Chiara Certomà is Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Development (Department of Political Science, Ghent University) and affiliated to the Institute of Management (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa); the OpenSpace Research Centre (Open University, Milton Keynes); and the Earth System Governance Research Network (Lund University). She has a PhD in Human Rights from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (2009), where she has also been research fellow (2014-2017).

Chiara researches in the fields of Environmental Politics, Critical theory and Development Studies. She is interested in the business’ commitment toward socio-environmental issues, the contribution of NGOs & Civil Society Organizations to the elaboration of Political Ecology frameworks and the emergence of environmental justice and conflicts.

Her work has been published in several international journals (including Planning Theory, Environment and Planning D, Local Environment, Geographiska Annaler B), and in monographic or collaborative books on socio-environmental sustainability (edited by Palgrave, Springer, Routledge and Sage). She has been invited guest professor at BOKU University in Vienna (2016) and visiting researcher at The Open University – Geography Department, UK (2007), at Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Germany (2012) and at Ghent University, Belgium (2013).  As adjunct professor, Chiara lectures on Cultural Geography (2013-2017); Sustainability Theory (2011-2012) and Development Studies (2017). She is interested in

(1) the development of environmental governance mechanisms at both local and global level to cope with current and global socio-geographical transformations;

(2) the integrated agency of diverse actors (including public and private institutions, civil society, associations, citizens at large…) in the elaboration of knowledge-based policy decisions (including issues of environmental justice and conflicts).

Selected Publications;


  • C.Certomà, M. Dyer, F. Rizzi and L.Pocatilu (2017) (eds.) Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City,  Spinger, New York
  • C.Certomà (2016) Postenvironmentalism. A material-semiotic perspective on living spaces, Palgrave McMillan, New York
  • C.Certomà (2014) Chianti Experiences. Turning a post-local place into a listening territory, ETS, Pisa
  • C.Certomà, N. Clewer and D. Elsey (2012) (eds.) The Politics of Space and Place:  Exclusions, Resistance and Alternatives, Cambridge Scholarly Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • C.Certomà (2012) Laura Conti. Alle radici dell’ecologia, Edizioni e Ambiente, Milano    Articles selection
  • M. Dyer, F.Corsini and C.Certomà (2017) “Making urban governance, planning and design a participatory goal. A collaborative urbanism agenda”, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Urban Design and Planning, 170 (4)
  • C.Certomà and B. Notteboom (2017) “Informal planning in a transactive governmentality. Re-reading informal planning practices through Ghent’s community gardens”, Planning Theory, 16/1
  • C.Certomà (2016) “‘A New Season for Planning’. Urban Gardening as Informal Planning in Rome. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, 98 (2)
  • C.Certomà, F. Rizzi and F. Corsini (2015) “Crowdsourcing urban sustainability. Data, people and technologies in participatory governance”, Futures, 74
  • C.Certomà and C.Tornaghi (2015) “Political gardening. Transforming cities and political agency”, Local Environment 20/10 (peer-reviewed editorial)
  • C.Certomà (2015) “Expanding the ‘dark side of planning’. Governmentality and biopolitics in public garden planning”, Planning Theory, 14/ 1
  • C.Certomà (2012) “Biopolitica dello spazio. Popolazione, potere, luoghi”, Revue Internationale d’Ethnographie et territoires, 1
  • C.Certomà (2011) “Critical Urban Gardening as Post-Environmentalist practice”, Local Environment, 16/1
  •  C.Certomà (2011) “Standing-up vineyards. The political relevance of Tuscan wine production”, Environment  and Planning D, 29

Book chapters selection: 

  • C.Certomà and F. Rizzi (2017)  “Crowdsourcing process for citizen-driven governance ” in Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City (edited with M. Dyer, F. Rizzi and L.Pocatilu) Spinger, New York
  • C.Certomà, M. Dyer, F. Rizzi and L.Pocatilu (forth. 2017) “Preface” in C.Certomà, M. Dyer, F. Rizzi and L.Pocatilu (eds.) Citizen Empowerment and Innovation in the Data-Rich City, Spinger, New York
  • B. Ioannou, N. Morán, M. Sonderman, C.Certomà and M. Hardman (2016)  “Grassroots movements – toward cooperative forms of green urban development?” in S. Bell et al. (eds.), Urban Allotment Gardens in Europe, Routledge
  • C.Certomà and M. Pimbert (2015) “Crowdsourcing and Action Research. Fostering people’s participation in research through digital media” in H.Bradbury-Huang (ed.) Handbook of Action Research, London: Sage
  • C.Certomà (2015) “Critical Urban gardening” in M. Pimbert (ed), Perspective on Local Food Systems, RCC, Munich
  • C.Certomà (2014) “Post-environmentalism” in A. Orsini, J. Morin (eds.) Essential concepts of Global Environmental Governance, Routledge, London
  • C.Certomà and L. Greyl (2012) “Non-extractive policies as a main road to Environmental Justice? The case of the Yasunì Park in Ecuador” in Haarstad H.(ed.) New Political Spaces in Latin American Natural Resource Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • C.Certomà (2012) “Exploring the crisis of contemporary environmental politics”, in W. Jackson, B. Jeffery, M. Marino and T. Sykes (eds) Crisis, Rupture and Anxiety: An Interdisciplinary, Examination of Historical and Contemporary Human Challenges, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • C.Certomà (2012) “The death of Environmentalism”, in P. Robbins, J. Newman, J. G. Golson (eds) Green Series Volume 8: Green Ethics and Philosophy, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks   14(2): 51-67 (in Korean, abstract in English).


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