About me

I am an Associate Professor in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

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, all with distinction.

I was appointed Assistant Professor in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in January 2018. Before joining Utrecht University, I was a Lecturer in Environment and Development in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading in 2011. Before that, I worked as a postdoc at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam,  Germany, 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 am the recipient of an European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant, and of a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Vidi grant. These two research projects are funding my research programme UNMAKING on transformation to sustainability.

I was awarded the CHANS Fellowship in 2012 for my "promising contribution to the field of Coupled Human and Natural Systems" (CHANS). From 2012 to 2018 I was 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, a member of the Community Economies Research Network, an Associate Editor of Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, and Frontiers in Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary Climate Studies), and a reviewer for Research Councils UK, the Leverhulme Trust, Routledge, MIT Press, and several journals including Human Ecology, Ecological Economics, Ecology and Society, World Development, and Sustainability Science.

I am one of the founders of the Dutch Degrowth Platform and the convenor of the Discussion group on degrowth at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.