I was born in Grosseto, Italy on 31 October 1990. As of April 2018, I am a PhD student in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and I work as a Research Officer for its Centre for International Environmental Studies, focusing on a SNIS-funded project titled “Effectiveness of Partnerships for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Behavioural Pathways and Impacts“. 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 recognized 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 co-recipient of an Erasmus+ Grant for Jean Monnet Modules for a teaching and research project on “European Union Law and Sustainable Development” (EULawSD), and I am currently its Programme Manager.
My PhD research at the Graduate Institute seeks to understand how international law is responding to our evolving understanding of ecosystems as complex adaptive systems through the implementation of ecosystem-based approaches in conservation and sustainable use regimes. However, my main research interests are much broader and include international environmental law and policy, biodiversity conservation, ocean governance, climate change, global health, trade law and sustainable development. In my work, I have often focused on the role of international law in addressing habitat loss as a primary driver of species’ extinction, on multilevel governance of natural resources, and on linkages between poverty alleviation and environmental resilience. 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).
In 2014, I was one of the founding members of SDSN Youth, the global youth chapter of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, and I currently work as its Project Leader for Solutions Initiatives. In 2015, I was the organization’s Global Coordinator for the #KnowYourGoals campaign, and since 2016 I have been overseeing the Youth Solutions Report project as well as SDSN Youth’s participation in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. In 2012, I founded Greening USiena, a student think tank which aimed at mobilising young people to engage with academia for sustainable development, and have since been advising the University of Siena on SDGs processes and contributing to the launch and operations of SDSN Mediterranean. Moreover, I serve as a Student Representative to the Advisory Board of COPERNICUS Alliance – European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, a post I was elected to in 2014, while also being widely featured as a speaker, writer, consultant and organizer on sustainable development-related initiatives. I am currently based in Geneva, Switzerland.
In my life I am also a spare time poet, a writer, and a self-proclaimed disciple of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau. My hobbies include music (mainly jazz, folk, and world music), arts and the outdoors. That said, I am a bit of a primitivist.
For a detailed list of my current and past activities, please visit my cv page.