I have a Laurea in Sociology (2002) from the University of Milan-Bicocca, an MSc in Environmental Economics and Management (2003) from Bocconi University in Milan, and a PhD (2010) from the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich.
I was appointed Lecturer in Environment and Development at the University of Reading in 2011. I am in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, in the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, and associate of the Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research and the Participation Lab. Before that, I worked as a postdoc at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and before I worked in Environmental Management (EMAS, ISO14001) and Sustainability Reporting in the private and public sectors. I spent visiting periods at the Universidad Nacional (Colombia) in 2013, and at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (United States) in 2015.
I was awarded the CHANS Fellowship in 2012 for my "promising contribution to the field of Coupled Human and Natural Systems" (CHANS). I am a member of the Board of Latin America Programme (LATINAMERIKA) at the Research Council of Norway, and of the Board of the European Farming System Association (IFSA). I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, a member of the International Society of Ecological Economics, an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications, and Frontiers in Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary Climate Studies), and a reviewer for Research Councils UK, the Leverhulme Trust, Routledge, Pearson, and several journals including Human Ecology, Ecological Economics, Ecology and Society, World Development, and Environmental Impact Assessment Review.