Principal investigator:

Anna Berti Suman

Anna is a researcher & activist on civic environmental monitoring. She enthusiastically leads the 'Sensing for Justice' project on the potential of civic evidence to demonstrate environmental harms in court. The project was hosted at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, with the support of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and - as a pilot - of the Rubicon grant by the Dutch Research Council. Currently, Anna is research fellow at Luiss University, School of Law, Rome, in collaboration with 'LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons', with the mission to explore the law as an enabling tool for accelerating responses to climate change, biodiversity loss and water scarcity. She is also a qualified lawyer under the Bar Association of Rome with work experience on environmental and climate justice cases spanning from South America to Northern Europe. At present, she follows cases at Systasis - Study Centre for the Management of Environmental Conflicts, Milan. Anna received her PhD in the Netherlands from the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, with the 'Sensing the Risk' project, investigating how civic monitoring can influence environmental risk governance, especially after disasters. Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. She is passionate about science engagement, art-based research methods and slow ethnography.

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;

Alice Toietta

Art & Science facilitator

Specialist in illustration of scientific content and live scribbling during events

Carlo Sella

Theatre maker and educator

Specialised in artistic processes around people and a just socio-environmental transition

Francesca Panico

Graduate student

Specialised in Forced Migration and Intercultural Relations

Gabriel Rojas

Environmental lawyer  

Trained in environmental law and sciences, deep interest in access to justice and community-driven projects

Margherita Pescarin

Collaborator media & outreach 

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

Alessia Romano

Performer & social theatre 

Specialist in social mediation through theatrical practices for vulnerable communities

 Sandra Gargowitsch

Sculptor, poet & writer

Specialist in engaging diverse audiences in sensorial experiences with clay

Bela Pinheiro

Visual consent illustrator

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

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

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