research projects

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

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 seeks to provide what is arguably the first inter-disciplinary, integrated and comparative approach and data on the effectiveness of existing partnerships in promoting sustainable development. Its overarching objective is to develop a new research agenda, which is both of theoretical importance for understanding complex governance systems and of pressing policy significance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by the United Nations in September 2015. I am contributing to the project as a principal member.

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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This project aims to explore the influence that the production of new knowledge about ecosystems and biosphere integrity exerts in the development of international environmental law, with an emphasis on its impacts on the definition of positive obligations to maintain ecosystem integrity and interactions with the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources. It is my doctoral research project at the Department of International Law of the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

European Union law and sustainable development (ongoing)

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 seeks 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 focuses 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 am currently working 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.