Principal investigator:

Anna Berti Suman

Anna Berti Suman is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. She is principal researcher of the project 'Sensing for Justice' aimed at exploring the potential of civic monitoring as a source of evidence for environmental litigation and as a tool to foster environmental mediation. She is Qualified Barrister, admitted to the Bar of Rome, following climate and environmental law cases at the firm 'Dini-Saltalamacchia' and at 'Systasis - Study Centre for the Prevention and Management of Environmental Conflicts', Milan. Anna obtained her PhD in 2020 after a four-year trajectory at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, The Netherlands. Her PhD project aimed at investigating how civic monitoring influences the governance of environmental health risk and how the practice can be integrated within institutional models of risk governance. Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. She has work and research experience in health law and technology (UK), environmental litigation (Italy, The Netherlands, Ecuador) and water law (Chile).

Scientific Supervisor: Sven Schade

Sven Schade is Scientific/Technical Project Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, where he works on public sector innovation and digital transformations. He acts as leading expert for the European arena on the use of Citizen Science for policy and other institutional purposes. Sven Schade has (co-)authored more than 100 publications in relevant fields. Among other, Sven Schade co-chairs the Advisory Board Member of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), and is the co-chair of the Citizen Science COST Action 15212 to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe, Working Group 3 "Improve society-science-policy interface". Sven Schade has also curated numerous training programmes, such as, the Vespucci Training School on Digital Transformations in Citizen Science and Social Innovation.


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Anna Berti Suman

Principal investigator

Sven Schade

Scientific Supervisor

Veronica Dini

Project Advisor

Environmental lawyer and expert in the mediation of environmental conflicts;

Margherita Pescarin

Collaborator media & outreach 

Background in philosophy, Master at Sciences Po on urban studies and sustainability

 Sandra Gargowitsch

Sculptor, poet & writer

Specialist in engaging diverse audiences in sensorial experiences with clay

Bela Pinheiro

Visual consent illustrator

Researcher on Philosophy of Law and visual storyteller for children and adults

Alessia Romano

Performer & social theatre 

Specialist in social mediation through theatrical practices for vulnerable communities

Alice Toietta

Art & Science facilitator

Specialist in illustration of scientific content and live scribbling during events

We also work with several other artists and professionals, such as ad-hoc scribblers in situ during research events, video-makers for multimedia contents and a cartographer for map-based storytelling. 

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