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“The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again.”

William Beebe, The Bird: Its Form and Function (1906)

I was born in Grosseto, Italy in 1990. I work as an affiliated researcher at the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) of the Graduate Institute of Geneva, where I am also completing a PhD in International Law. At the CIES, I am currently focusing on a SNIS-funded project titled “Effectiveness of Partnerships for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Behavioural Pathways and Impacts“. In addition, I am the founder and director of Dario Piselli Sustainability Consulting, an independent firm providing a range of consulting and advisory services in the areas of international and European environmental law, policy analysis, and corporate sustainability.

Before enrolling at the Graduate Institute, I obtained an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a five-year J.D. from the University of Siena, Italy, where I was recognised in October 2015 as a cultore della materia (‘expert in the field’) in Public International Law and European Union Law. Since 2017, I have been the the co-recipient and programme manager of two Erasmus+ Grants for Jean Monnet Modules, first for a teaching and research project on “European Union Law and Sustainable Development” (EULawSD) and most recently for one on “European and International Environmental Law” (EIEL). Since 2020, I am a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF).

My PhD research at the Graduate Institute seeks to understand how ecosystem-based approaches to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use have influenced the development of international law through the incorporation of new scientific knowledge about ecosystem functioning and services. However, my main research interests are much broader and include the role of science and technology-policy interfaces in environmental governance, the use of natural capital approaches to decision-making, environmental health, global health governance, and the interplay between trade and environmental policy. In my work, I have often focused on the role of international law in addressing biodiversity loss, on multilevel governance of natural resources, and on linkages between ecological resilience and human health and wellbeing. In addition, I have extensively studied the role of market-based incentives and access and benefit-sharing schemes in promoting environmental conservation, with a particular emphasis on the REDD+ and Nagoya Protocol’s frameworks.

Most recently, I have also conducted research on the interactions between the climate change and trade regimes after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, as well as on the response of global health governance to health challenges including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and antimicrobial resistance (in my previous position with the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute).

Between 2014 and 2019, I served as Project Lead for the Youth Solutions Program of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, working to support innovative startups and promote inclusive innovation policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this period, I also acted as SDSN Youth’s representative in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. From 2012 to 2015, I directed Greening USiena, a student think tank which aimed at mobilising young people to engage with academia for sustainable development, and worked with the University of Siena on the establishment and activities of the SDSN’s Mediterranean chapter.

Over the years, I have been widely featured as a speaker, writer and consultant on sustainable development, innovation and corporate sustainability themes.

I am currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, although I also spend significant time in Stockholm, Sweden and Siena, Italy. In my free time I enjoy music (mainly jazz, folk, alternative rock and world music), books, visual arts and the outdoors.

For a detailed list of my current and past activities, please visit my cv page. 

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