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I am an Assistant Professor at University of Turin and research affiliate at the Sant’Anna School of Pisa and at the Centre for Sustainable Development – CDO @ Ghent University where I conducted an EU Marie-Curie project titled “Crowdsourcing Urban Sustainability Governance.Exploring innovative governance models for addressing urban sustainability through ICT-people interaction”, from 2017 to 2019.

My most recent research project has been supported by the Ca’Foscari University of Venice with a SPIN Research Grant. The research title was “Exploring Digital Social Innovations ecosystems and Urban Governance models in a quadruple helix perspective”; it was intended to explore the revolution brought forth by DSI practices on traditional governance processes in the planning, organization and management of European cities.

I hold a degree in Philosophy of Science from the University of Rome La Sapienza (2003); a Master in Environmental Communication from the University of Pisa, Human and Environmental Sciences Department (2004); and a PhD in Political Science from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (2009).

In the past years I have been research fellow at Sant’Anna School – Dirpolis Institute and Institute of Management, working on the governance and planning for sustainable cities and communities (2014-2017); and on the development of environmental political theory (2009-2013). In the meanwhile, I have been invited as honorary visiting researcher at the University of Waikato, Hamilton (NZ) (2019); guest professor on Spatial and Environmental Justice and Urban Gardens Planning at the BOKU University of Vienna (2016); visiting researcher at The Open University Geography Department, UK (2007), and at the Université Paris La Sorbonne – SciencePo, France (2011); Rachel Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Germany (2012); visiting research fellow at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, Belgium (2013).

More recently, I have been nominated adjunct professor in Environment and Society (Cultural Geography) at the Department of Science for Peace University of Pisa (2014-2017), and in Development Studies at Sant’Anna School (2017), while I obtained the italian professorship habilitation in Geography  in 2017.

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