In my academic life, I am Postdoctoral Researcher on Smart City and Communities at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development & Institute of Management of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy), and research affiliate 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 research interests lie at the junction of the two macro areas of Science, Society & Technology studies and Space, Society & the Environment. I’m interested in innovative modes of geographical production, planning and governance performed by heterogeneous, multilayered and multiscalar networks, most notably how these networks assemble and negotiate socio-environmental issues, and how the material and semiotic implications of their agency is brought to the public fore.
Principal research topics include the politics of space and place; the social understanding of nature and technology (including current developments in environmental theory); the effects of informal urban planning practices, and the role of new ICTs in urban sustainability governance. From a methodological perspective I adopt the Social Construction of Technology perspective, the Material Semiotic framework and a range of participatory science & politics approaches (particularly Action Research).
I holds 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).
Before joining the CDO 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 has been invited as honorary visiting researcher at the University of Waikato, Hamilton (NZ); 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); and 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 (sector 11/B1) in 2017.
Since january 2016, I served as Director of the IRTA Leonardo Research Institute on Territory and Environment, an interdepartmental research center supported by the University of Pisa and the Sant’Anna School.
I am Honorary Research Associate at the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science & Engineering, The University of Waikato; external collaborator at the Responsible Management Research Center, Pisa University; Alumna of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich and Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance Research Network, Lund University; and I collaborate as affiliate member with the Open Space Research Centre at The Open University, Milton Keynes.
In past years I also experienced researching on rural development as research fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Pisa (2005); and on urban environmental sustainability as research assistant at the Province of Rome (2005).
I consulted and worked as internal with environmental NGOs (Legambiente, Greenpeace, ASud – which I contributed at establishing in 2003, and Fondazione dei Diritti Genetici); and the National Institute of Statistics, Structural Business Statistics Dep. (2010-2012). Presently I am member of the Scientific Committee Legambiente Nazionale. On this position I collaborate with the Working Group on “Disuguaglianze ambientali- Disuguaglianze sociali”; and the Forum Disuguaglianza e Diversità, Action-Research #5 “Intrappolati nel degrado” [“Trapped in degradation”] where I have been recently nominated as project partner.
As Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG I am engaged with the research groups Geographies of Justice Research Group, Participatory Geographies Research Group, Planning and Environmental Research Group and Urban Geography Research Group. As member of the AGeI – Associazione dei Geografi Italiani I took part in the research group “Geografia dell’ambiente” (Geography and Environment) and “Geografia dell’Innovazione e dell’Informazione” (Geography of Innovation and Information).
Outside of the academia, I’m passionate with visionary people practicising disruptive social alternatives and speaking them loud. Dangerously curious about innovative ideas, I found home in many places and shared food with a wide variety of human (and non-human) beings. Experimental (urban) gardener, relaxing with indie-folk and punk music, a cup of tea and some XIX century literature. Have written and played theatrical pieces, climbed volcanos, lived in eco-villages, woofed in caw and tomato farms, travelled up and down the world and went through storms. And just discovered I like surfing.