I am a geographer interested in exploring the interplay between humans and the environment. My research draws predominantly on political ecology, political geography, and critical geography to advance an innovative approach to the study of water politics, particularly in relation to hydraulic infrastructure and the hydropower sector, global water networks and governance, and the dialectics of sustainability.
Prior to joining the University of Bergamo in 2021, I was Lecturer (2017- 2019) and then Associate Professor (2019-2021) of Human Geography at the University of Reading in Great Britain, where I also led the Human Geography Research Cluster (2019-2020), and I am currently a Visiting Research Fellow. Before this, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Geography of the University of Manchester, where I carried out the project “Dam-nations? A study on dams, nation-building and transboundary water relations through case studies from Ethiopia and Tajikistan” (DAM-NET, 2015-2017, €183,455). I also held research and teaching positions at Oxford Brookes University, Tallinn University, the University of St Andrews, and King’s College London. Prior to my doctoral studies at the University of Cagliari (Italy), I worked, among others, as a UN Fellow for the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
I am Associate Editor of Political Geography (since 2017) and I sit on the editorial board of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. I regularly act as a reviewer for a range of academic journals and research organisations including the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme.
In 2018 I was awarded the Scopus Early Career Researcher UK Award 2018 (Elsevier/US-UK Fulbright Commission) in recognition of outstanding research in Social Sciences.