Unesco Chair

in Sustainable Development and Territory Management

The UNESCO Chair of Torino, established in 2010 at the University of Torino, aims to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the fields of sustainable development and territory management. We facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognize researches and teaching staff from the University and other institutions in Italy, as well as other areas of the world, specifically in Latin American and Euro-Mediterranean regions.



Our Team

Gianmaria Ajani

Gianmaria Ajani

Rector and Chair Holder

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Dario Padovan

Dario Padovan

Chair Co-Holder - Scientific Coordinator
Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin. Since 2015 director of the Master on Socio environmental sustainability of Agri food Networks. He is member of Editorial Committee of Theomai Journal (Buenos Aires), Democracy & Nature (London - U.K.), Chosmos & History (Melbourne, Australia). He is Vice-Chair of Scientific Board of the The ESA Research Network 31 on “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism”, and member of ESA Research Network 12 on “Environment and Sociology”, and of Research Network 6 on “Sociology of Consumption” of ESA. Main research topics: sustainability, environmental accounting, urban metabolism regulation, sociology of practices, energy, environmental conflicts, risk perception, smart energy grids, socio-technical systems transition.
Giovanna Segre

Giovanna Segre

Chair Co-Holder - Scientific Coordinator
Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics and Statistics ‘Cognetti De Martiis’ of the University of Turin. She is Co-director of the Master in ‘World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development’, jointly organized by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the International Training Centre of the ILO (International Labour Organization), in collaboration with UNESCO; co-director of the Master in ‘World Natural Heritage Management’ (Trentino School of Management-Step); member of the academic board of the Ph.D. in ‘Urban and Regional Development’, by University of Turin and the Polytechnic University of Turin and member of the board of directors of the Consortium for the cultural promotion “La Venaria Reale”.
Enrico Bertacchini

Enrico Bertacchini

Direction Committee
Researcher of Financial Sciences at the Department of Economics “Cognetti de Martiis” at University of Turin. Member of CSS-Ebla Board of Directors, he is the Programme Manager of the area “Cultural Economics”. He is the author of many national and international pubblications. Graduated in Economics at University of Turin, he holds a M.A. in Economics at CORIPE-Collegio Carlo Alberto and a PhD in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Law and Economics at University of Turin and at Ghent University – Belgium).
Mauro Bonaiuti

Mauro Bonaiuti

Direction Committee
Professor (PhD) currently teaches Bioeconomics and Solidarity Economy at the Msc. on Socio Environmental Sustainabily (MASRA). He also teaches Ethical Finance at the University of Turin. He has been one of the first scholars who devoted his researches in the field of sustainable degrowth and is also considered one of the most relevant experts on Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen.
Simona Bonelli

Simona Bonelli

Direction Committee
Associate Professor of Zoology at the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, biologist with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology.
She is working on biodiversity conservation since 20 years with particular focus on biology, ecology and conservation of lepidoptera as a bioindicators of habitat fragmentation and environmental changes. As Italian representative of Butterfly Conservation Europe (www.bc-europe.eu), she contributed to the Red List of European Butterflies and to the Red Data Book of Butterflies of the Mediterranean biogeographical area. In 2017 for the Ministry of the Environment she implemented the First Italian Red List of butterflies and she is Ministry experts for drafting guidelines for the sustainable use of phyto-pharmaceuticals within areas of the NATURA-2000 network.
Paola Borrione

Paola Borrione

Direction Committee
For ten years she worked for IRES Piemonte (regional institute of social-economic research) where she worked on local media system, on analysis of the Italian regional socio-economic contexts (www.sisreg.it), on social innovation and she also worked on planning and realization of researches for Regional data of the PISA-OCSE program. She has been Manager of CSS-EBLA and currently she Head of Research of CSS-Ebla. Graduated in Communications at University of Turin, she holds a PhD in Cultural Studies at University of Siena.
Gabriela Cavaglià

Gabriela Cavaglià

Secretary general
Gabriela received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Turin. She received a PhD in Computational Linguistics from the University of Brighton (UK). Since 2013 Gabriela has been working as Secretary General with the Unesco Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management of the University of Turin. In this capacity she is the lead coordinator for the Masters program in Environmental Sustainability of Agro-Food Networks. In 2016 she became a member of the Secretariat of the Green Office of the University of Turin (UniToGO).
Salvatore Giannino

Salvatore Giannino

Direction Committee
Biologist nutritionist, specialized in evolutionary anthropology and Mediterranean biogeography. From 1999 to 2011, Scientific Coordinator of the UNESCO Mediterranean Program; Director of the International Commission in support of the inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Since 2012 Delegate of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean at UNESCO and the "Center for International Affairs of Hautes Études Agronomiques Méditerranéennes" (CIHEAM). President of the Italian-French Association "Mediterran: Our Lifestyle", author of numerous international scientific publications and television documentaries.
Marco Giardino

Marco Giardino

Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Geomorphology at the University of Torino, where he teaches “Geoheritage & Geodiversity” and other courses at the School of Science of Nature. His research topics: alpine geomorphology, geoheritage, natural hazards. He uses innovative technologies for research and education purposes of Earth Sciences. He is scientific coordinator of the Sesia Val Grande UNESCO Geopark, and of the “ProGEO-Piemonte” (proactive management of geoheritage), “geoNatHaz” (EU-Canada partnership on natural hazards). Segretary General of the Italian Glaciological Committee, he is co-chair del IAG/AIG Working Group on Landform Evaluation for Geodiversity.

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Fiorenzo Martini

Fiorenzo Martini

Direction Committee
Graduated in Economics, and specialized in Cultural Anthropology. I worked several years in the telecommunications industry on Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Accounting. From 2007 to 2013, adjunct professor of Sustainability Management at the University of Turin. Member of IRIS-Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability. My recent publication: Is there a Natural Capital? A Critique of the Ecological Economics Approach, International Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2016.
Cristiana Peano

Cristiana Peano

Direction Committee - Director Master in Socio-environmental Sustainability of Agrifood Networks
Associate Professor of Fruit and Vegetable Crops at the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences.
Director of the Master in Socio Environmental Sustainability of Agro-Food Network.
She collaborates with the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity and with Slow Food Italia for projects related to Presidia, Orti in Africa, Terra Madre Community.
Alessio Re

Alessio Re

Direction Committee
Secretary-General of CSS-Ebla, where he is also the Programme Manager of the area “UNESCO and Sustainable Development”. Adjunct Professor at University of Turin, he is also the coordinator of the International Academy on UNESCO and Sustainable Development. Tutor of the M.A. in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development” at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) in Turin and coordinator and member of the Scientific Committee of the M.A. in “World Natural Heritage Management” of Trento. Expert of management plans and systems of cultural sites and territories, he gained experience as UNESCO consultant and he also is Associate Researcher for the Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ICVBC). Graduated in Architecture, he holds a M.A. in “Cultural projects for development” and a PhD in “Conservation of Heritage and Landscape” at Specialization School of Cultural Heritage.


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