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.
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.
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.
Roberto Mastroianni

Roberto Mastroianni

Direction Committee
Philosopher, Art Critic and Curator, Independent Researcher at C.I.R.Ce- Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Comunicazione and member of Direction Committee of UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management of University of Turin. His works focuses on Philosophical Aesthetics, Semiotics, General Theory of Politics and Communication, Anthropology, Urban Studies, Communication and Cultural Studies, Urban Innovation and Cultural Heritage, Contemporary Art, Outsider Art, Philosophical Critic. He has published several articles, chapters of books and edited volumes and published books, essays on Philosophy, Art, Communication, Art and politics. He curated several contemporary art exhibitions in Museums, Public Istitutions and Art Galleries.

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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.


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