About me

I am Associate Professor od Social Change for Sustainability 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 and was promoted to Associate Professor in April 2019. 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 at a Regional Environment Agency and at the Organizing Committee of the X Olympic Winter Games. I spent visiting periods at the Faculty of Human Sciences 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 two prestigious personal grants: 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. In 2012 I was awarded the CHANS Fellowship for my "promising contribution to the field of Coupled Human and Natural Systems" (CHANS).

I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, a member of the International Society of Ecological Economics, of the Community Economies Research Network, and of the Sustainability Transition Research Network. I am also in the editorial boards of Sustainability Science, Society and Natural Resources, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, and Frontiers in Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary Climate Studies), and a reviewer for several research funding bodies and publishers, including Research Councils UK, the Leverhulme Trust, Routledge, MIT Press, and several journals including Human Ecology, Ecological Economics, Ecology and Society, Journal of Rural Studies, and Sustainability Science. I am one of the founders of the Dutch Degrowth Platform. 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 native Italian speaker. I also speak English, Spanish, German and some Dutch.