About me

Photo by Chiara Certomà

In my academic life, I am SPIN Grant Holder at the Department of Management, Ca’Foscari University of Venice with a research project on Critical Digital Social Innovation and Urban Governance (DSI4EU), adjunct professor in Geography at the University of Bergamo and research affiliate at the Institute of Management of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy) 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.

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, Utrecht University; and in 2016/17  I collaborated as affiliate member with the Open Space Research Centre at The Open University, Milton Keynes.

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 Smart City and Communities, urban sustainability and informal planning (2014-2017), and on the development of environmental political theory (2009-2013). 

In the meanwhile, I have been 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); and visiting research fellow at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, Belgium (2013).

For what concern teaching activity, 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.

As Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG  I am engaged with the research groups of Geographies of Justice , Participatory Geographies , Planning and Environmental and Urban Geography. 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 consulted and worked as internal with environmental NGOs (Legambiente, Greenpeace, ASud and the Centro di Documentazione sui Conflitti Ambientali – 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. In this position I collaborate with the Working Group on “Disuguaglianze ambientali- Disuguaglianze sociali”; and with the Forum Disuguaglianza e Diversità where I have been recently nominated as project partner. From january 2016 to February 2020, I served as Director of the IRTA Leonardo  Research Institute on Territory and Environment, an interdepartmental research center supported by the University of Pisa.

I’m passionate with visionary people practising disruptive social alternatives and speaking them aloud. Dangerously curious about innovative ideas, I found a 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 and tramped New Zealand’s wood, slept in the Sahara and sank in the Polar Circle snow, served as character for a fictional novel, lived in eco-villages, volunteered in caw and vegetable farms, played in Irish pubs, travelled up and down the world, and went through unexpected storms. And just discovered I like wave suping.

Photo by Chiara Certomà