Here you can read more about my professional interests. Where appropriate, research outputs linked to these interests are mentioned below. You can also find a list of the main research projects I have been involved with at this link.
The following areas of expertise are strictly connected to the services I provide in my consulting work. You can read more about them here.
Science, Technology and International Law
Scientific advances and technological applications, ranging from Big Data to Earth observation techniques, are changing our understanding of the Earth System. How is this information being used in the development, application and interpretation of legal norms in areas such as biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation, pandemic preparedness, disaster risk reduction?
New Frontiers in Environmental Law and Policy
The last two decades have been characterised by a growing number of high-stake negotiations in international environmental law. What is the future of the Paris Agreement, of the post-2020 biodiversity framework and of ongoing discussions on marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions? Which emerging issues will move to the forefront over the next decade and beyond?
Public-Private Partnerships and Transnational Governance
Multi-stakeholder initiatives, including public-private partnerships, are fast becoming one of the key governance instruments for the provision of global public goods. How can they contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Can we assess their multi-faceted impacts in an integrated way, in order to avoid dangerous trade-offs?
Legal and Policy Dimensions of Social-Ecological Resilience
Recent research on social-ecological systems has clear, if unexplored, normative dimensions. What is the place of law and policy in building (or undermining) these systems’ adaptive capacity and resilience? What forms of legal innovation can improve public participation in decision-making, support co-management of natural resources, and make polycentric governance systems more effective?
The 2030 Agenda and the SDG Indicator Framework
The 2030 Agenda provides a shared political blueprint to promote sustainable development in all countries and communities. How does this agenda interact with existing legal and governance regimes? How can its extensive indicator framework be better incorporated in decision-making?
Global Health Governance and Digital Health
From the COVID-19 pandemic to the health impacts of environmental degradation, we are entering an era of growing health risks and insecurities. How can this phase of global health be governed? What are the challenges and opportunities posed by the application of new technologies to public health policies and strategies?
European Union Law and the European Green Deal
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda and of the Paris Agreement have spurred new questions about the extent to which European Union law is still fit for the purpose of promoting sustainable development within its borders (and beyond). The European Green Deal is a first response to such questions – but how will it be implemented in practice, and what legal changes will it lead to?
Cities, Sustainability and Global Governance
With the global urban population expected to dramatically increase over the next few decades, urban sustainability is usually described as one of the core challenges of the 2030 Agenda. How can local governments transform cities and promote sustainable regional development? What is the role that city networks can play in global environmental governance?