research projects.

Here you can find more information about the research projects that I have been involved with, either as part of a team or in a personal capacity.

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The ecosystem approach and international law in the age of planetary boundaries (ongoing)

Hosted by: Department of International Law, Graduate Institute of Geneva
Funded by: this project does not receive any funding
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Thanks to massive advances in science and technology, the last few decades have revolutionised our understanding of the world’s ecosystems and their contribution to human well-being.

From the emergence of Earth System science to the multi-faceted applications of Big Data and integrated assessment modelling, the project aims to explore the influence that this unprecedented production of new knowledge exerts in the development of international biodiversity law. In particular, the project studies how such knowledge is incorporated in multilateral environmental agreements through the concept of ‘ecosystem approach’ and the definition of positive obligations to protect ecosystem integrity. It is my doctoral research project at the Department of International Law of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Effectiveness of partnerships for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: behavioural pathways and impacts (completed)

Hosted by: Centre for International Environmental Studies, Graduate Institute of Geneva
Funded by: Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)
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This project sought to provide what is arguably the first inter-disciplinary, integrated and comparative approach to evaluate the effectiveness of multi-stakeholder partnerships in promoting sustainable development. The investigators combined an innovative analytical framework with a mix of interdisciplinary research methods in order to present new real-world data and case studies on partnership effectiveness across thematic areas (biodiversity, climate, clean energy, natural resource management, children’s wellbeing and rights, and global health) and cross-cutting issues. I contributed to the project as a principal member.

European Union law and sustainable development (completed)

Hosted by: Department of Law, Università degli Studi di Siena
Funded by: Erasmus+ Grant for Jean Monnet Modules (European Commission)
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This research and teaching project sought to provide a cross-cutting assessment of the synergies and tensions between EU policies across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. More specifically, the project focused on the interactions between European Union law and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as both a research blueprint and a tool to foster debate around legal solutions for sustainable development. I worked as the Programme Manager for this project.

How to break the gridlock in global health governance (completed)

Hosted by: Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva
Funded by: Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)
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This project sought to operationalise the concept of gridlock to account for the deficiencies in global health governance and to illuminate the potential for reform. In particular, the project explored pathways of innovation and resilience in global health governance in the face of a changing multilateral order, and tried to understand what the remarkable evolution of the global health system can tell us us about the future of multilateral cooperation on global public goods. I contributed to this project as a principal member from August 2016 to its conclusion in March 2018.

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